Prospect Notebook: Taillon Reducing Drop In His Delivery

Jameson Taillon made his pro debut last year in West Virginia, throwing 92.2 innings in his rookie season. The second overall pick of the 2010 draft had decent numbers, with a 3.98 ERA, a 9.4 K/9, and a 2.1 BB/9 ratio, but he wasn’t exactly dominating hitters. In two starts so far with Bradenton this year, Taillon has been dominant, putting up a 3.12 ERA and a 12:2 K/BB ratio in 8.2 innings. Coming in to his second year as a...

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2012 Bradenton Marauders Season Preview

Yesterday I previewed the 2012 West Virginia Power. Today the season previews continue with a look at the 2012 Bradenton Marauders. The Marauders will open the year with the top two prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. They will also feature Colton Cain and Alex Dickerson, who both ranked as top 20 prospects in the Pirates Prospects 2012 rankings. Other top prospects to watch are Mel...

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West Virginia Wrap Up: Seven Games vs Lakewood

I was able to see the West Virginia Power twice this year when they came to Lakewood. The first time they came in was for the three game series from June 9-11 and they took two of three. The starters for that series were Colton Cain, Jameson Taillon and Brandon Cumpton. The next series was a four game series last week August 5-8 that the teams split and again Jameson Taillon started along with Zack Von Rosenberg, Zack Dodson and...

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West Virginia Power 8/4 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the last of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See: State College 7/31, Altoona 8/2 Thursday August 4 — West Virginia Power Before I talk about individual players (which I usually find more interesting in the minor...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Mel Rojas Jr.

If there’s one common criticism of the approach the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken in the draft, it’s been that they’ve gone too heavy with pitching prospects, leaving the system thin on hitters.  Yet when the Pirates selected Mel Rojas Jr. in the third round of the 2010 draft, it raised some questions, as top prep pitcher A.J. Cole was still on the board at the time, despite entering the draft as a potential top 20...

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