Pittsburgh Pirates to Recall Jameson Taillon

The influx of top prospects continues.

Almost two weeks after Julio Urias got his first call-up, another top pitching prospect is getting the call. That prospect just happens to be Pittsburgh Pirates youngster Jameson Taillon. The team confirmed the news earlier this afternoon via Twitter.

As seen in the screen shot of his Baseball-Reference page below, Taillon has been a highly regarded prospect for several years now, having been ranked no lower than the 31st best prospect in baseball.

Source: Baseball-Reference.com

Source: Baseball-Reference.com

Taillon’s debut has been a long time coming, but it has seen some bumps in the road along the way. A lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery coupled with recovery for a hernia forced him to miss a pair of seasons, thus delaying his debut. This season, though, the 24-year old right-hander would not be denied, as he cruised to a 4-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched. His strikeout totals work out to an 8.95 K/9 ratio. Factoring in this season, Taillon now possesses a career 20-23 record with a 3.47 ERA and 417 strikeouts in 443.2 career innings down in the minors.

This call-up could be a sign of things to come for the Pirates’ rotation, which currently ranks 15th in baseball in ERA, 28th in strikeouts, and 27th in batting average against. Taillon could provide a spark for the Bucs, a spark that could become a full-blown inferno when other top prospect Tyler Glasnow gets the call sometime this summer.

Taillon is scheduled to make his debut tomorrow in a tough matchup against the New York Mets. In what could be a great pitcher’s duel, Noah Syndergaard will toe the rubber for the Mets.

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