Jameson Taillon: Could Stud Pitching Prospect Help Bucs to Playoffs?
Simply put, that is the best way to describe how top-notch Pittsburgh Pirates' pitching prospect Jameson Taillon has performed since being promoted to the Double-A Altoona Curve in August.
According to MILB.com, this 6'6", 225-lb right-hander pitched a gem Sunday in Altoona's 7-0 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Taillon tossed six shutout innings, squandering just one hit while striking out seven and walking zero.
In two games with Altoona, Taillon is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in 11.0 innings of work. Talk about great command—this Winter Haven, Florida native has walked no one in this stretch. Taillon's batting average against (BAA) is .139.
Combined with his time at Class-A Advanced this year, Taillon is 8-8 with a .224 BAA and 3.51 ERA in 136.0 innings. He has struck out 111 and walked 37.
But for Taillon's recent pitching excellence, is this fireballer ready for the big leagues?
Still just 20 years old, Taillon is not yet a member of the Pirates' 40-man roster.
Yet, should this two-time All-Star maintain his tear at Double-A, could the phone from Buc's brass soon start ringing off the hook in Altoona?
Surely nothing would be sweeter for Taillon to join the Pirates at a time this club is fighting tooth and nail for a postseason spot.
Or would it be wiser for the Pirates' front office to stand pat?
Tempting as it may be for Neal Huntington and Co. to summon Taillon to PNC Park, should Pittsburgh leave their high-profile hurler down on the farm to further develop?
With the 10th best team ERA in baseball (3.75), some might argue Taillon should remain in Altoona for the time being.
But then, some may look at the Pirates 10-15 team record and 4.54 team ERA in August and think Taillon may be able to provide that critical spark Pittsburgh needs to reach the postseason.
It is a tough call.
Both sides of the debate would certainly have valid arguments. Perhaps we will know a little more with a few more starts by Taillon.
But putting debate aside, Pirates fans should be really excited for Taillon and the potential he brings to the table.
Because Taillon brings a ton of it.
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