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The 2013 statistics of Pirates 2010 first-round pick Jameson Taillon, who pitches for the franchise's Double-A affiliate Altoona:

Starts 15 Record 3-5

Innings pitches 832⁄3

Strikeouts 81

Walks 31

ERA 2.90

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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Monday, July 1, 2013, 4:36 p.m.
 

The Pirates have signed shortstop JaCoby Jones, their third-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft.

Jones hit .294 (59 for 201) with 11 doubles, one triple, six home runs, 31 RBI and 42 runs scored in 59 games as a junior in 2013 with LSU. He was voted to the second-team All-SEC team by the league's coaches.

The 21-year-old shortstop earned freshman All-America and freshman All-SEC honors in 2011 after hitting .338 with 11 doubles, one triple, four homers, 32 RBI, 36 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 56 games.

Jones was the 2010 Mississippi High School Player of the Year, the 2010 Louisville Slugger Mississippi Player of the Year and a second-team All-American selection by Baseball America. As a high school senior, he hit .503 with nine home runs, 46 RBI and 42 stolen bases.

Jones will begin his professional career with the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.

— Tribune-Review

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