Pittsburgh Pirates Jameson Taillon Shines in Double-A Debut


When we look back at this season in a few years, maybe it will looked upon as the glory days.  It sort of feels like it.  Just when reports on Pittsburgh Pirates young pitchers couldn’t get much better, up stepped Jameson Taillon.

Some were concerned because it took him a while to get rolling in High-A Bradenton.  It didn’t take anytime for him to continue his recent success and extend his streak of impressive starts as the big righty got off to a fast start in his Double-A debut for the Altoona Curve. Maybe he read some of the comments from Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin, who said this about Taillon and his teammate Gerrit Cole.

"“At this time of year, I’m not a fan,” Tony Franklin, Trenton Thunder Manager"

The Thunder have dropped nine of their last 12 games before Taillon went out and fired six shutout innings.

"“I don’t concern myself with anyone else in the game other than the guys on my club…names don’t interest me, never have. The media makes a big deal of it, but they don’t mean a thing to me…it’s up to us to beat whoever’s out there, no matter what they bring.”  Tony Franklin, Trenton Thunder Manager"

It sounded like the 225 pound Taillon did his best to stay composed after he was quoted in the Trentonian that he was a bit nervous.

"“But at the same time, I’ve got to go out there and approach it like any other game. At the same time, I can’t lie, I am excited.”  Jameson Taillon"

Taillon is known to have an outstanding curveball.  Last night it sounded like it was unhittable from the radio broadcast.    The 6’6″ right hander went five innings, walked none and struckout six.  He fired 67 pitches with 46 going for strikes, he got two Thunder to groundout and four flyouts.

It just keeps getting better for the Dead Man’s Hand of Taillon and Cole.