Taillon has been hit hard this year, but his stuff is much better than the numbers indicate.

Looking at the numbers, you could say that Jameson Taillon is having a disappointing season.  The top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system has a 4.52 ERA in 71.2 innings this year.  He's putting up dominating secondary numbers, with a 9.2 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 ratio.  Lately he's seen the bulk of his season struggles, allowing 21 earned runs in his last 22.1 innings over six starts.

When the Pirates drafted Taillon second overall in 2010, they were drafting what many hoped would be the first ace the Pirates have had since Doug Drabek.  The numbers that Taillon has put up this year aren't exactly ace-like, even if we excuse him for the fact that he's 19 years old and in full season A-ball.  ...

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