The internets is full of stories about Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon today. It’s praise that is well deserved. Taillon was just announced as Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.
The 20-year-old Taillon made his debut for the Double-A Altoona Curve last Tuesday and fired five scoreless innings, and struck out five. He didn’t walk a batter.
Last night, the Texas native made his home debut in Curve, PA. He was nearly perfect against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. (Have you ever seen a flying squirrel–we lived in a house once that was surrounded by this freakish creature.) Taillon faced just one batter over the minimum, and that was an infield single. He was perfect through four innings. The #infieldhit came in the fifth inning.
Taillon punched out seven Flying Squirrels in front of over 5,000 fans. He sent the crowd into a frenzy when he struck out the last five batters he faced.
Add it all up and Taillon has fired eleven scoreless innings for the Altoona Curve. He has given up just five hits. The Pirates told him to go out and be Taillon, be the pitcher who we took second overall. He sure has done that while striking out thirteen and allowing no walks!
Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror has a cool story here.