Taillon, Cumpton, Grovatt Named to SAL All-Star Game

The West Virginia Power will be sending three players to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, as Jameson Taillon, Brandon Cumpton, and Daniel Grovatt were all named to the team today. Taillon, the first round draft pick from 2010, has a 3.71 ERA in 34 innings this year, with a 27:4 K/BB ratio.  Taillon has allowed one or fewer earned runs in five of his eight outings. Cumpton, who was drafted in the 9th round in 2010, has a 5.11...

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The Year 1 A.T.

Much like a kid on Christmas Eve, Pirate draftophiles are anxiously awaiting Monday’s first round to see who the Pirates select first overall. That player will be scrutinized, dissected, and analyzed like a frog in 8th grade biology class. He will become the next great Pirate prospect. But have we forgotten that we are all living in the year 1 A.T. (After Taillon)?

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Gerrit Cole Struggles in Last Outing Before Draft

Turn back the clock almost four months to February 18th, the start of the college baseball season.  Gerrit Cole went up against the University of San Francisco, at home, to kick of the season for UCLA.  Cole was dominant, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out 11.  Best of all, he only needed 104 pitches to do all of that.  If there is a Gerrit Cole bandwagon, that outing might have signaled...

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Video: Jameson Taillon’s Debut

Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon made his professional debut on Wednesday, pitching for the West Virginia Power against the Hagerstown Suns.  For a recap of the game, along with quotes from Taillon, West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson, and Pirates’ farm director Kyle Stark, check out my story from Wednesday night.  Since I was in attendance for the start, I got video of Taillon’s debut.  This was...

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Taillon’s Debut Shortened by Rain

Jameson Taillon made his debut tonight in West Virginia, but didn’t have a huge impact in his debut.  Taillon allowed one run on three hits in two innings, with two walks and no strikeouts, pitching in a steady rain that eventually suspended the game in the second inning. “It’s good to get it out of the way,” Taillon said about his pro debut. “I didn’t throw as good as I was hoping, but fought...

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