Major League Baseball announced that Jameson Taillon has been named as the National League Player of the Week for his performance during his two starts last week.
Taillon started the home opener at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 2nd and allowed two runs over 5.2 innings while picking up nine strikeouts. That was followed by Sunday’s terrific performance, in which he threw a one-hit complete game shutout over the Cincinnati Reds. He picked up seven strikeouts in that game and earned the win in both games.
Taillon is the first Pirate pitcher to win the Player of the Week award since Francisco Liriano in August of 2013. Andrew McCutchen won the award during the last week of 2017, while Sean Rodriguez and Jung-Ho Kang both took home the award in 2016. McCutchen also won twice in both 2014 and 2015.