Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jameson Taillon Debuts Tomorrow

Jameson Taillon, the second pick in the 2010 MLB draft, will make his first professional start tomorrow, April 27, 2011, for the West Virginia Power. Taillon spent time in extended Spring Training until the weather warmed up a bit in the North to protect his arm.

The big story though is who he is going to be playing. Taillon will make his debut against Nationals affiliate the Hagerstown Suns. This is important because it pits all world prospect, and the pick directly before Taillon, Bryce Harper against Jameson Taillon. Harper is off to a great professional start, with an OPS of .922 in 16 games. Both his power numbers and on base numbers are high due to the fact that he has ten walks and six extra base hits (3 doubles, 3 homers) in just 62 PA over sixteen games.

So it'll be Baseball America's and the Nationals #1 Prospect against Baseball America's #11 prospect, and the Pirates #1.

Taillon will be on a strict pitch count so don't expect to see a complete game or anything like that. These two will be linked for years as the top two picks.

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