Jameson Taillon, the Pittsburgh Pirates second overall pick from the 2010 draft, is scheduled to start tonight for the Altoona Curve. It will be his Double-A debut against the strong hitting Trenton Thunder.
Based on how the Curve rotation is set, Cole should start tomorrow. This would bring them back around Sunday and Monday in Altoona. We went to check out tickets and were confused by a moment with the Altoona Curve promotion.
We thought for a moment that it was “Tie One on for Taillon” on Sunday. Now – that sounds like fun, but it turns out that we just aren’t really great at reading. It’s actually a cool promotion.
Through Saturday, fans are invited to donate their old or unused neckties which will then be autographed by Taillon and sold for $10 at Sunday evening’s game with proceeds from the sale going to “Operation Sandy Sunshine,” as Maggie Neil family’s caregiving effort has been dubbed. Neil is a former Curve intern whose mother, Sandy, suffers from ALS.
Keep an eye on Taillon tonight, because he has been dominant lately. The Thunder can flat out rake. It will be a great matchup. The 6’4″ Taillon has had two scoreless outings in his last two times out. In one week, Taillon fired seven shutout innings against Lakeland and then came back to toss five scoreless innings at Palm Beach.
All the success hasn’t been noticed by just the Pirates. Baseball America’s Best Tools Survey saw Taillon as the best pitching prospect in the Florida State League. He also was credited with having the best breaking ball. The awards are picked by scouts, managers, and coaches in the FSL.
The big right hander has flourished since the All-Star Break, with a miniscule 1.80 ERA in three starts. Yeah, the 20-year old has allowed a run, the guy isn’t a machine! He’s just been pitching like one recently.