Our penultimate 10 Prospects in 10 Days post features Jameson Taillon.
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:
Here are his stats through two pro seasons:
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.