Jameson Taillon videos
The Pirates drafted Jameson Taillon with the second overall pick in 2010 out of The Woodlands School in Texas. Baseball America rated him the best available pitcher in the draft and the second-best player overall among the country’s top 200 prospects. He signed for a $6.5 million bonus, the highest ever for a high school pitcher.
After three seasons in the minor leagues, Taillon — the Pirates’ top pitcher prospect — seems poised to make his big league debut sometime this year. He’ll almost certainly begin the season at Triple-A Indianapolis, but many scouts and team executives say his skills are close to being ready for the majors. It’s a similar situation to what Gerrit Cole was in a year ago.
Taillon is in spring training camp as a non-roster invitee, which means he is not yet on the club’s 40-man roster. Each Monday, the Tribune-Review will chronicle what Taillon does in spring training, on and off the field, as he prepares to take the final steps of a journey that could end this summer at PNC Park.