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.
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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.
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.