ALTOONA, Pa - Taylor Hearn entered this season as the Pirates' top left-handed pitching prospect, and he was beginning to get national recognition, ranked as a top lefty by Baseball America. Hearn was also picked by Jonathan Mayo from MLB Pipeline as a player to watch, saying that he was one of 12 prospects set to break out in 2018.

With recognition comes additional pressure, something that Hearn embraces.

"I love it," Hearn said. "That type of stuff fuels me, and I love it. It's funny, because now people are like, 'whoa, watch out for this guy'."

Of course, those within the Pirates' organization have known about Hearn for years, as the Pirates were the first team to draft him, taking him in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft out of high school. Hearn chose to go to junior college i...

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