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Pirates bump top prospect Jameson Taillon up to Triple-A

Aug 2, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft after Bryce Harper, is on his way up to Triple-A Indianapolis after getting promoted by the Pirates on Friday, the Altoona Mirror’s Cory Giger reports.

Taillon was 4-7 with a 3.67 ERA and a 106/36 K/BB ratio in 110 1/3 innings for Double-A Altoona. He still hasn’t truly dominated at any level — he’s 15-18 with a 3.70 ERA since his pro debut in 2011 — but given his excellent stuff and history of fine walk rates, he’s regarded as one of the game’s top five pitching prospects. It’s doubtful that he’ll see the majors this year, but he could be broken in next season much like Gerrit Cole was this year.

Once that happens, the Pirates could have all of the following top-11 overall draft picks on their roster:

Neil Walker – 2004 11th overall
Andrew McCutchen – 2005 11th overall
Pedro Alvarez – 2008 2nd overall
Tony Sanchez – 2009 4th overall
Jameson Taillon – 2010 2nd overall
Gerrit Cole – 2011 1st overall

Assuming all goes well with Taillon and Cole, then it’s a good guess that they won’t be picking in the top 11 again anytime soon.

  1. regis18 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Nashville??? Indianapolis, maybe.

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Beat me to it Regis18 kudos to you

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      10 years later and I still flip-flop those two.

      • gdobs227 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Pobody’s nerfect.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        It’s ok last week I said the bisons were as a to the Indians.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Grrrrr aaa striped auto correct

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Dang it lets try again last week I said the bisons were aaa to the Indians there I think I got it

  2. steelers88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    They say Taillon is actually better than Cole! The Pirates aren’t just going to contend this year they are here to stay and contend for a LONG time!

    • js20011041 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      While it’s certainly possible and I actually am hoping for a good team in Pittsburgh, I’d be careful about assuming anything. A lot of people, including myself, looked at the Nationals roster coming into the season, saw all that talent and youth, and just assumed they would be one of the best teams in baseball.

      • buccos2013 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Yeah pitching prospects are by far the hardest to predict in terms of major league success. He has all the tools you’d want an ace to have, and he’s shown great progress in putting those tools to use – especially developing his changeup this year. But no one will know until he gets up here. I just really like our chances of having a solid rotation for years to come with Cole, Taillon, Glasnow, Kingham, Heredia and more.

  3. piratecaptain12 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    People make too much of ERA in the minors as a sign of domination. Trevor Bauer vs gerrit cole is an excellent example. Bauer had a 12.5K/9 in the minors and everyone fawned all over him. Cole was steady and consistent with solid walk rates. One is doing great in the MLB, one is struggling in AAA after getting crushed I’m the majors. Matt Harvey is another good example.

  4. modellforprez - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    thats all 20 years of losing gets you. those are some nice pieces but damn the pens sucked too and got real lucky with Sid, Geno, Staalsy, Fleury, Letang and some others and didnt suck or lose nearly as long. my point is the pirates should have alot more to show for their futility

    • piratecaptain12 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      The pens should have had a lot more to show for as well. Go watch versus or something.

    • buccos2013 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      I disagree entirely that they “should have more to show,” but any lack of talent can be attributed to Littlefield’s flawed eye and Nutting’s glued-shut wallet. Since Huntington took over it’s been completely different and he’s loaded the farm club while putting together a team that is #1 on the power poll. Not sure what you’re basing your opinion on, but it’s obviously the uneducated ramblings of a comment troll.

      • gdobs227 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        McClatchy was the principle owner during the Littlefield years. Nutting is the man that changed things.

  5. bronco58lb - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Tony Sanchez was a scrutinized pick at No. 4. It was considered too safe of a selection, an economic motivated move. Given the Bullington flop, fans had every reason to be skepical. In hindsight, it’s looking a lot better than the Padres pick of Tate at 3 and Orioles selection of Hobgood at 5. At this point now, Sanchez outperforming Dustin Ackley from here on out doesn’t seem out of the question.

  6. moogro - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Now that’s good/lucky scouting by the Rats.

  7. steelers88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    The August collapse? Bout to be 0-2.

    • drone501 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      should have pulled the trigger on getting another bat in the lineup. they won’t fold but probably a wildcard team.

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