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December 13, 2013

Raising Aces

Bush League: Jameson Taillon

by Doug Thorburn


Jameson Taillon was the no. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of a Texas high school. Since that summer, the 22-year-old has taken a deliberate route through the minor leagues, spending some time at each level before reaching for the next rung on the ladder. The right-hander now stands on the doorstep of the majors, having finished the 2013 season with a month-long stretch at Triple-A Indianapolis, and he could very well join the Pittsburgh rotation by the summer of 2014 if he avoids derailment from his development track.

Taillon's prospect stock has taken a bit of a hit since I profiled him last winter, as his numbers have continued to fall short of the dominance that his stuff suggests. However, the developmental process is far more important than statistical outcomes in the bush leagues, and Taillon is following a trail that was blazed by Gerrit Cole, choosing to focus more on the elements that he needs to improve in order to find sustainable success at the highest level, at the expense of immediate results. Thus, the underlying numbers fail to capture the nuances of his development.

GS

IP

ERA

K %

BB %

H %

HR %

AA

19

110.3

3.67

22.2%

7.5%

23.4%

1.7%

AAA

6

37.0

3.89

22.8%

9.9%

19.1%

0.6%

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