It’s Jameson Taillon Day

Jameson Taillon makes his professional debut today, weather permitting, with the West Virginia Power, going up against Bryce Harper and the Hagerstown Suns.  I will be at the game tonight, reporting on Taillon’s debut for the site.  As some of you know, I was pulling for the Pirates to draft Taillon well before the 2010 draft took place.  I’ve interviewed him twice, and you heard it here first, last week, that Taillon...

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Interview with Jeff Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money and high draft picks the last few years on pitching, especially young prep pitchers.  A lot of those prep pitchers are pitching in West Virginia this year, giving West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson one of the most important assignments in the organization.  I spoke with Johnson at the West Virginia media day prior to the start of the 2011 season.  Note that this interview...

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When Will Jameson Taillon Make His Debut?

Last week I reported that Jameson Taillon was making his final start in extended Spring Training, then leaving for West Virginia on Friday.  Taillon did, in fact, leave for West Virginia on Friday, and is currently with the team.  This can be confirmed by Chuck McGill of the Charleston Daily Mail, who not only confirms that Taillon was with the team in Kannapolis, but that he is expected to make his debut soon. West Virginia plays...

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Jameson Taillon Heading to West Virginia

The top pitching prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system is ready to make his professional debut.  Jameson Taillon will be making his final start in extended Spring Training today, and will fly out of Bradenton tomorrow, heading for West Virginia.  The West Virginia Power start a home stretch next week, spanning from April 25th through May 3rd.  His debut will fall somewhere in that time frame. Adding a little speculation here,...

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Five Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Rankings

In preparation for the 2011 minor league season, Baseball America released their position by position rankings in the minors.  Several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the lists. -Tony Sanchez was the fourth best catcher, falling behind Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez, and Travis d’Arnaud. -Starling Marte was the eighth best center fielder. -Jameson Taillon was the third best right handed pitcher.  He only fell behind Jeremy...

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