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Pirates Pitching Prospect Jameson Taillon Promoted To AA Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted right-handed pitching prospect Jameson Taillon to the team’s AA affiliate Altoona Curve today. Jameson Taillon

Ranked the organization’s second-best prospect behind righty Gerrit Cole – who has been in AA for just over two months — the 20-year-old Taillon throws a plus fastball as hard as 99 MPH with a plus curve and is working on developing a change up. The change up has above average-to-plus potential.

His level A stats haven’t been quite where the team has wanted them. Taillon racked up a 3.82 ERA in 125 innings (23 starts) with Bradenton while posting a 98:37 K/BB ratio and .230 opponent batting average.

The most alarming part of Taillon’s development thus far has been his lack of strikeouts — just 98 in those 125 innings.

The organization has been keeping a close eye on Taillon’s inning count as they do with essentially every prospect in the system. That can lead to an inflated ERA – pulling a pitcher after five innings and three runs just to keep his pitch count down when he likely could have worked his way through two or three more scoreless – but Taillon still hasn’t been as dominant as we expected him to be this season, especially during May and June. He recorded a 4.94 ERA in 27.1 innings in May and a 5.86 ERA through 27.2 June innings.

The 6’6″ monster turns 21 on November 18 and will make his AA debut on Tuesday in Trenton. He should have three or four starts in AA before their season ends and will likely return to the level for the beginning of 2013.

Contrary to what one Rant Sports writer seemingly thinks, Taillon won’t be in the majors this season. I shouldn’t even have had to write that, to be perfectly frank. A 2014 MLB ETA seems most likely, though some time in 2013 isn’t out of the question if the MLB’s #15 prospect dominates AA next season.

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