Taillon struck out 97 batters in 92.2 innings in his first pro season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't had an ace pitcher in the majors since Doug Drabek left the team after the 1992 season. When the Pirates drafted Jameson Taillon in the first round of the 2010 draft last year, the hope was for that to change. Taillon was regarded as one of the best draft prospects of the last 20 years, and with his strong curveball and upper 90s fastball, he was seen as a guy who could move through the system quickly for a high school pitcher.
Taillon finished his first pro season this past week, ending up with a 3.98 ERA in 92.2 innings, along with an exceptional 97:22 K/BB ratio. The ERA might have been a little higher than some expected, although it doesn't really reflect Taillon's skill level...
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