The Pittsburgh Pirates will bring up Jameson Taillon to make his MLB debut, on Wednesday night, against the New York Mets. The two clubs have a doubleheader today after Monday night was rained out, so Taillon could have success against a tired Mets lineup. However, he will be matched up against Noah Syndergaard.
When we last checked in at AAA, Taillon ranked #1 among all starters, when using fantasy baseball scoring. To date, Taillon has made 10 starts and owns a 2.04 ERA across 61.2 IP with 61 K and just six walks. Minor leaguers are hitting just .196 off the Pirates prospect, leading to a 0.81 WHIP.
Taillon was drafted 2nd overall in the 2010 MLB Draft out of high school. Some guy named Bryce Harper was drafted 1st that year.
The Pirates have some talented pitchers in the Minors, and while Taillon may be sent back down after this start, it will be fun to watch him and Tyler Glasnow join the Bucs rotation this summer
At 30-26, the Pirates are 10 games behind the first place Chicago Cubs, who have reached 40 wins faster than any team in the MLB since the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Those Mariners won a MLB record 116 games.
Once again 100 percent healthy physically and mechanically following his hernia surgery rehab, Taillon can return to his path of becoming a frontline starter. Taillon's stuff, which he did get to use in instructional league play last fall, is still outstanding. He'll throw his fastball consistently in the mid-90s and touches higher. His big overhand curve is a plus pitch that generates swings and misses. Taillon's changeup had improved considerably and should be at least a Major League-average offering. He's never hurt himself much with walks, though his command has needed refinement and there could be a little rust at first. - MLB Pipeline
Two weeks ago, we were writing a very similar post for the Dodgers Julio Urias. Things have not gone well for the 19 year old.