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Pirates to pick Jameson Taillon at No. 2, Orioles like Manny Machado at No. 3

Jun 7, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

Bryce Harper going to the Nationals with the No. 1 pick is a foregone conclusion at this point and Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Pirates have decided on high school pitcher Jameson Taillon with the second pick in tonight’s draft.
Taillon is a 6-foot-7 right-hander from Texas who throws in the mid-90s, ranking as the second-best prospect in this year’s draft behind only Harper according to both Baseball America and ESPN. MLB.com has some video of Taillon overpowering high school hitters, so Pirates fans can take time away from another losing season to drool over him.
Assuming that Harper goes No. 1 to the Nationals and Taillon goes No. 2 to the Pirates, the Orioles are expected to use the third overall pick on high school shortstop Manny Machado. Baltimore reportedly is prepared to take whichever one of Taillon or Machado goes undrafted by Pittsburgh, as those two and Harper are the top three guys on basically everyone’s draft board. Naturally then, the Royals pick fourth.

  1. Sam OCR - Jun 7, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    I trust Olney more, but Pirates broadcast just said maybe 15 minute ago that Machado was their most likely pick, with video and everything.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Jun 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    The Pirates can flip a coin and choose, secure in the knowledge that whoever they pick will be, as usual, the wrong guy.

  3. J Braxton - Jun 7, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    You have to go with the best talent, the best talent at 2 is machado. The pirates have no middle infield, not to mention pitching is the easiest thing to find in baseball.

  4. Heywood Jablome - Jun 7, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Not necessarily GimmeSomeSteel. He actually could be the right guy, but the Pirates will keep him long enough to develop him for a real major league franchise.

  5. Kristina Kay - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Just liked entire set-up.

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