Our penultimate 10 Prospects in 10 Days post features Jameson Taillon.

Quick Profile
Position: Pitcher
Throws: Right
Age: 21
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 225 lbs

The Pirates selected Taillon with the second overall pick in the 2010 draft. Bryce Harper went first to the Nationals, and shortstop Manny Machado went third to the Orioles. Both players are younger than Taillon, yet already have big league experience. The Bucs have been known to slowly develop their prospects in recent years, although they shouldn’t have to wait too much longer for Taillon.

A scouting report from MLB:

His fastball is a plus pitch and he’ll touch 96-97 mph with it. Taillon’s secondary stuff is still developing, but both his breaking ball and offspeed offering have the chance to be above-average pitches. He gained more confidence in his curve as the year went on and he showed better feel for his changeup as well. Taillon is still growing into his body and tweaking his delivery, leading to some overall command issues, though that shouldn’t be a long-term concern. Another year of experience under his belt might be all he needs to be ready for Pittsburgh.

Here are his stats through two pro seasons:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 19 West Virginia SALL A 2 3 3.98 23 23 92.2 89 45 41 9 22 97 1.198 2.1 9.4 4.41
2012 20 Bradenton FLOR A+ 6 8 3.82 23 23 125.0 109 57 53 10 37 98 1.168 2.7 7.1 2.65
2012 20 Altoona EL AA 3 0 1.59 3 3 17.0 11 3 3 0 1 18 0.706 0.5 9.5 18.00
2 Seasons 11 11 3.72 49 49 234.2 209 105 97 19 60 213 1.146 2.3 8.2 3.55

Taillon dominated in three starts after being promoted to the Altoona Curve. He struck out 18, walked just one, and allowed only three runs in 17 innings. While those numbers will be tough to replicate, Taillon should be deserving of a trip to Class AAA at some point in 2013. That being said, if he absolutely dominates and the Bucs need an arm down the stretch, we could see him as a September call-up. Realistically, however, he may need one more full year in the minors.

Jameson Taillon is still very highly touted, and continues to rank behind Gerrit Cole at the top of Bucco prospect lists. He was ranked the 15th prospect in all of baseball in MLB’s top 100. The son of Canadian parents, Taillon will represent Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic this spring.

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