Minor League Schedule: Taillon Looks For A Bounce Back

Jameson Taillon takes the mound today, trying to bounce back from his worst start of the season. Indianapolis returns from their All-Star break today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.

Jameson Taillon
Taillon allowed two runs last time he faced Erie

AAA: Indianapolis (61-38) @ Gwinnett (41-57) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (5-2, 3.29
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off yesterday

Indianapolis returns from their All-Star break today. They are in first place in their division, with a 13 game lead. The Indians have a 33-18 home record and their 28-20 road record is the best in the International League. Andy Oliver will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 98.1 innings, allowing 72 hits, four homers and 86 walks. He has 105 strikeouts, a 1.14 GO/AO ratio and a .207 BAA. In his last start, he went just three innings, allowing three runs on three hits and five walks.

AA: Altoona (43-53) vs Erie (49-46) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (3-7, 3.75)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2, Bowie 0

Jameson Taillon will make his 19th appearance of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 98.1 innings, allowing 103 hits, eight homers and 34 walks. He has 93 strikeouts, a 1.37 GO/AO ratio and a .263 BAA. In his last start, Taillon got hit hard, allowing ten runs on 13 hits in 3.1 innings. His ERA rose 0.81 due to that start. Hie previous start was against Erie, in which he went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, no walks and six strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (33-60 overall, 7-18 2nd half) vs Clearwater (46-44) 6:30pm 
Probable starter:  Robby Rowland (3-7, 4.91)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 9, Clearwater 3

Robby Rowland will make his 17th start of the season today. He has also pitched twice in relief. Rowland has pitched a total of 84.1 innings, allowing 85 hits, eight homers and 37 walks. He has 41 strikeouts, a 1.40 GO/AO ratio and a .265 BAA. In his last start, he allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in 4.1 innings. At home, Rowland is 1-3, 3.98 in 31.2 innings. He is holding right-handed batters to a .194 BAA, while lefties are hitting a robust .376 against him.

Low-A: West Virginia (50-44 overall, 13-11 2nd half) vs Savannah (52-39) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (3-5, 4.59)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8, Savannah 1

Clay Holmes will make his 19th appearance of the season tonight. He has made one relief appearance, starting the completion of a suspended game. Holmes has pitched 82.1 innings, giving up 74 hits, five homers and 53 walks. He has 53 strikeouts, a 1.80 GO/AO ratio and a .246 BAA. In his last outing, he threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Since the All-Star break, he is 1-0, 3.63 in 22.1 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (17-12) vs Connecticut (12-17) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jackson Lodge (2-1, 3.96)
Yesterday’s Result: Connecticut 3, Jamestown 2

Jackson Lodge will get his fifth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. In 25 innings, he has allowed 28 hits, four homers and just one walk. Lodge has nine strikeouts, a 1.31 GO/AO ratio and a .292 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Lodge hasn’t walked a batter since his first outing and he hasn’t struck out more than two batters in any game.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (12-10) vs GCL Yankees2 (11-12) 12:00pm
Probable Starter:  Adrian Grullon (0-1, 4.63)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Yankees2 1

Adrian Grullon will start today for the GCL Pirates. In three starts and one relief appearance, he has thrown 11.2 innings, allowing nine hits, one homer, five walks and he has 13 strikeouts. In his last start, he went four innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk.

DSL: Pirates1 (23-16) vs Mets2 (21-18) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 8, Yankees2 5

DSL: Pirates2 (19-19) vs Rojos (11-28) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 3, Cubs 2 in 14 innings

Recent Transactions

7/18 Pirates release Jose Contreras. Atahualpa Severino activated from Temporary Inactive List

7/17 Ryan Beckman promoted to Altoona. Oderman Rocha assigned to Bradenton roster

7/17 Luis Urena promoted to West Virginia. Jimmy Rider assigned to Jamestown.

7/17  Jared Hughes assigned to Altoona on rehab.

7/14 Atahualpa Severino placed on Temporary Inactive List

7/14 Zack Thornton promoted to Indianapolis. Oscar Tejeda assigned to Altoona.

7/14 Thomas Harlan promoted to Bradenton. Cesar Lopez added to West Virginia roster.

7/12 Russ Canzler acquired in trade for Tim Alderson. Canzler assigned to Indianapolis.

7/10 Brian Bocock acquired from Nationals and assigned to Indianapolis. Ivan De Jesus placed on Bereavement List

7/10 Oscar Tejeda promoted to Indianapolis

7/8 Chase d’Arnaud and Brett Carroll placed on Indianapolis DL. Jerry Sands activated from DL.

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Lee,Kingham isn’t quite in the same class as Taillon when he has his good stuff. The starts I saw early this season I actually thought he had better movement and breaking ball than Cole. What happened the last two starts I don’t pretend to know,but I am sure I can get a good idea tonight.

Lee Young

Btw, don’t compare JT to Cole. Compare him to Kingham who was picked in the same draft.

Nick seems more consistent.



I forgot to add that I will be going to tonights game also,and will let you know what he looks like to me.

Lee Young

Thanks…I’ve seen him twice…not impressed. Anxious to hear your review.


Lee,just got back from watching the Curve. Taillon went 7 on 94 pitches. He wasn’t exactly dominant,he gave up only 5 hits and struck out 7 ,but gave up 3 runs. To me ,he still doesn’t have the changeup mastered,and his fastball control causes him a problem when it gets up ( all to familiar with any pitcher really ) They did have him throwing that breaking ball as a changeup a lot,and when it was sharp,they couldn’t touch him. Also,his velocity stayed in the 96-97 range most of the 7 innings. Actually,he looked better than Kingham did last night,but they have similar issues to work through, though Kingham doesn’t throw as hard as Taillon.


You can’t compare Cole & Taillon. Cole was a Junior coming out of collage. Taillon came out of hs. The purpose of the minor leagues is to prepare them for the majors. They want him to work on commanding his change up.

Lee Young

So…………you’re not concerned at all?


Lee,I watched this guy pitch several times last season and three starts earlier this season. From what I have seen,there isn’t much to be concerned about unless he has a physical problem.

Jeremy J Stein

If you expect Taillon to be the next Verlander or Strasburg then I guess you should be concerned.
But if your expecting maybe an A.J. Burnett or Matt Harvey then you have no reason to be concerned.
Look up Matt Harvey’s limited minor league numbers, they’re worse than Taillon’s. The difference between the two is that Harvey had less issues to work on, where as Taillon is still working on fastball command/consistency and developing a chang-up.

Lee Young

More on JT….
From http://isportsweb.com/2013/07/18/pittsburgh-pirates-would-you-trade-jameson-taillon/

“But while the righty’s career minor league K/9 (8.3) is a tick above Cole’s (8.2), much of his statline has yet to reflect an elite-level arm. For example, Cole was 14-10 with a cumulative 2.84 ERA through 2 minor league seasons; Taillon is 14-18 with a 3.73 ERA through 3. While wins really aren’t an important barometer in the minors, it is concerning that, outside of a 3-game AA stint at the end of 2012, Taillon has yet to post a sub-3.50 ERA at any stop.”
So Taillon actually benefits from his AA home accommodations. As should be some concern, opponents are OPSing only .600 off of the native Texan at home, but an alarming .837 OPS on the road. ”
So yeh…I’m concerned.

Lee Young

Taillon allowing over a hit an inning in AA isn’t getting it done, imho. If he can’t dominate there, well…..????

Chris Hale

You have to remember Cole pitched in College. He was close to ML ready out of UCLA. Some teams would have brought him up last year. Taillon was drafted out of high school and he’s still very raw. Although IMO he’s got a much better feel for pitching, plus he has better command of his secondary pitches.and He tops out at 99 compared to Cole’s 101. I think he’s going to be better. I don’t think it has even clicked for him yet

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