Jameson Taillon was promoted to Altoona today.

On July 25th, Jameson Taillon took the mound on the road in St. Lucie. The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. It was an unimpressive stat line, which has been an alarming trend for the top pitching prospect this season. I spoke to Bradenton Marauders pitching coach Mike Steele the day after the start, and his response was a bit surprising.

"It was his best outing of the year," Steele said of the start. "Sound crazy to you?"

Yeah, it did sound a bit crazy. There was a silver lining to the start. Taillon did strike out six batters in six innings, which is one of the few times recently that he's struck out a batter an inning. But it's hard to see how that start was the best of the year for Taillon at the time, j...

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