Jameson Taillon made an impressive major league debut for anyone in 2016, let alone a pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old right-hander hadn't pitched at any level since 2013 thanks to a plethora of injuries and ailments. He stayed healthy in 2016 and showed why Pittsburgh drafted him with the second pick in the 2010 draft, ahead of Manny Machado. Taillon began the campaign with Triple-A Indianapolis, crafting a 2.04 ERA and a stunning 61:6 K:BB in 61.2 innings covering 10 starts, and never looked back after debuting with the Pirates in early June. He perfected a two-seam fastball in spring training and used that 94.2 mph weapon 39.7 percent of the time - as it was particularly effective against left-handed batters. Perhaps most impressively, he posted a 85:17 K:BB as a rookie and registered a 3.38 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 104 innings. Armed with a 12-to-6 curveball and pinpoint accuracy, Taillon just needs to stay healthy to stake his claim as Pittsburgh's ace in 2017.
Taillon allowed one earned run in five innings Friday, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out four. The righty labored through five innings, throwing 95 pitches (58 for strikes). Of course, he may have struggled with concentration when the Pirates took an early 9-0 lead. Taillon has pitched well in 2017 (2.08 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), but after walking only 17 batters in 104 innings as a rookie, he's issued 12 free passes in only 30.1 innings.
Taillon (1-0) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Saturday. Taillon pitched five innings of shutout ball before imploding in the sixth and leaving the game with a 5-3 deficit, but the offense was able to take him off the hook for a potential loss. He still boasts a 2.13 ERA, and he's held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in three of his four starts. He'll make his next start Friday against the Marlins.
Taillon (1-0) allowed one unearned run on seven hits while walking three and striking out six over seven innings for his first win of the season in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Cubs. Taillon now sports a sparking 0.90 ERA and 16:7 K:BB ratio after the 108-pitch outing Sunday. He's only allowed three runs in 20 innings to start the season after he finished second among NL rookie starters last year with a 3.38 ERA. The sky is the limit for the 25-year-old, and he looks to be even better so far in his sophomore campaign.
Taillon gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings Tuesday, but came away with a no-decision in a 6-2 loss to the Reds. The 25-year-old has had a strong start to 2017, posting a 1.38 ERA and 10:4 K:BB through his first 13 innings, but a lack of run support has left Taillon without a decision to show for his efforts. He could have a tough time getting into the win column in his next start, however, on the road Sunday against the Cubs.
Taillon is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Reds as a result of Thursday's rainout, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Thursday's postponed moved Chad Kuhl's start to Saturday, which created a chain reaction that ultimately shifted Taillon's scheduled start a day later. Thankfully, this alteration keeps the 25-year-old in line for a two-start week. Taillon is expected to go toe-to-toe with Rookie Davis in his next start.
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