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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Jim Callis on Taillon, Heredia, Rendon, Cole

Jim Callis held a chat on Baseball America yesterday, talking about the 2011 draft, as well as other topics.  He covered several topics relating to the Pirates.  A summary follows, but check out the link above to read the entire chat transcript: -He expects Taillon to get 90-110 innings this year, and expects him to stay in West Virginia all season, unless he dominates the level early on.  I’d agree with these.  I’ve heard...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in West Virginia during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in West Virginia this year.  Figuring out the starting rotation in West Virginia could be tricky.  The Pirates have a ton of possibilities from the drafts over the last few years.  There’s the 2009 prep pitchers, the prep pitchers at...

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Roster Notes: Indianapolis, Altoona, Taillon

The 2011 rosters haven’t been released yet, but here are some notes/links for the top two levels in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system: -Scott McCauley, the broadcaster for the Indianapolis Indians, previews the 2011 Indians, with his projection of who should end up at the level. -Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror lists the projected starting lineup in Altoona.  That’s similar to my preview of the team from several weeks...

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