Jameson Taillon

Jameson Lee Taillon (born November 18, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). Taillon was drafted by the Pirates as the second overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.[1][2]

Fangraphs called Taillon the best high school pitching prospect since Josh Beckett.[3] Baseball America compared him to pitchers like Stephen Strasburg.[4]

Jameson Taillon
Jameson Taillon on April 15, 2017 (cropped)
Taillon pictured at Wrigley Field in 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 50
Born: November 18, 1991 (age 27)
Lakeland, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 8, 2016, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through May 1, 2019)
Win–loss record29–24
Earned run average3.67

Early life

Jameson Taillon was born in Lakeland, Florida to Christie and Michael Taillon on November 18, 1991.[5][6] As he was born in Florida and his parents were born in Canada, Taillon is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.[7] Taillon attended The Woodlands High School in Texas. He caught the attention of Pirates scouts with a 22–6 high school career record. He was 8–1 his senior year and threw a 19-strikeout no-hitter against rival Conroe High School on March 23, 2010.[8][9]

Professional career

Minor league career

Taillon was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. He had signed a National Letter of Intent with Rice University in November 2009 posing a challenge to the Pirates in their effort to sign him.[10][11] However, hours before the signing deadline, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Taillon had indeed signed with the Pirates.[12] Baseball America's Jim Callis reported that Taillon's deal included a $6.5 million signing bonus, the second-highest in draft history.[13]

Taillon made his professional debut with the West Virginia Power against the Hagerstown Suns on April 27, 2011. He joined the team on April 24 after staying in Florida for an extended spring training assignment.[14] He spent the whole season with the Power, going 2–3 with a 3.98 ERA in 23 starts.

Taillon was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[15] He began the season with the Bradenton Marauders and he was promoted to the Altoona Curve in August 2012.[16] In his first week with the Curve, August 20–26, 2012, Taillon was named the Eastern League pitcher of the week.[17] In 26 starts between the two teams, he was 9–8 with a 3.55 ERA.

Prior to the 2013 season, Taillon was ranked as the 15th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com.[18] Taillon participated in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for Team Canada, being the youngest member of the team at age 21.[19] He began the season with Altoona and was promoted to the Indianapolis Indians in August. In 26 games (25 starts) between both clubs, Taillon compiled a 5–10 record and 3.73 ERA.

Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2014 to repair damage to the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow in his throwing arm, costing him the 2014 season,[20] while a sports hernia caused him to miss the 2015 season.

Major league career

Taillon returned in 2016 with the Indians, where he made 10 starts before earning his first major league call-up. Taillon went 4–2 with a 2.04 ERA, striking out 61 in 61.2 innings and walking only 6. On June 8, Taillon was recalled to make a spot start with the Pirates, who decided to push back Francisco Liriano's start one day after they played a doubleheader the day before.[21] Facing off against fellow 2010 first rounder Noah Syndergaard in his debut, Taillon threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts, not receiving a decision in the eventual 6–5 loss. After the game, Taillon was optioned back to Triple-A, but not without receiving compliments from his manager Clint Hurdle on his effort, saying "This kid's poured into everything he's done. It's been a great fight back."[22] However, his stay in Indianapolis was very brief, as an injury to Gerrit Cole necessitated a move to bring Taillon back into the rotation.[23] On June 14, Taillon made his second start, also against the Mets, throwing 8 scoreless innings, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh before it was broken up by Curtis Granderson, and recording his first win in the 4–0 victory. He spent the remainder of 2016 with Pittsburgh. In 18 starts he compiled a 5–4 record and 3.38 ERA.

2017 was Taillon's first season in the starting rotation. He was placed on the disabled list in May as he underwent surgery for testicular cancer.[24] He was activated in June. In 25 starts, he pitched to an 8–7 record and 4.44 ERA.

Personal life

Taillon underwent surgery for testicular cancer on May 8, 2017[25][26] and made his first rehab start three weeks later, giving up only one run in three innings.[27]

Scouting report

Taillon stands at 6' 5" and has a fastball that has hit 99 miles per hour (mph) as well as a "plus" curveball according to MLB.com.[28] Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said of Taillon, "He has the stuff that allows you to envision down the road a top-of-the-rotation starter."[29]

Taillon describes his pitch repertoire as being a four-seamer at 94–98 mph, a two-seam fastball at 93–96, a "power" curveball with diagonal break, and a circle changeup. He says of his pitch selection, "I feel pretty confident right now that I can throw pretty much any pitch in any count."[30]


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  30. ^ Laurila, David (September 17, 2012). "Q&A: Jameson Taillon, Future Pirates Ace". Fangraphs. Retrieved September 18, 2012.

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2010 Major League Baseball draft

The 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held on June 7–9, 2010 at the MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.

2013 World Baseball Classic rosters

The following is a list of squads for each nation competing at the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC). The deadline for submitting provisional rosters was January 16, but teams had until February 20 to finalize their roster decisions. Provisional rosters were announced on January 17, and final rosters were announced on February 20.In the WBC, starting pitchers are allowed to throw 65 pitches in first-round games. This limit increases to 80 in the second round and 95 in the semifinal and final rounds. If a starting pitcher throws over 50 pitches in a game, he must not pitch again for a minimum of four days. Relief pitchers are allowed to pitch on consecutive days only if they threw less than 30 pitches on the previous day. Pitchers are not allowed to pitch on three consecutive days under any circumstances.Injured players could be freely replaced before the team's first game. Once a team begins play, injured catchers can be replaced at any time, but other injured players cannot be replaced until the team advances to the next round of the tournament.The United States provisional roster is made up entirely of players from Major League Baseball (MLB), and the Dominican Republic provisional roster has only one player not signed to a team for the 2013 season. The Canadian team has 12 players who appeared in MLB in 2012, while Japan has none (three prominent Japanese MLB players, Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki and two-time defending WBC MVP Daisuke Matsuzaka, chose not to play). Though five members who competed for the Cuban national team in the 2009 WBC have since defected, the Cuban team is considered strong. Three members of MLB.com's Top 100 prospect list are participating in the 2013 WBC: Xander Bogaerts, Eddie Rosario, and Jameson Taillon.

2016 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 135th season overall, the 130th season as a member of the National League, and the 16th season at PNC Park. The regular season started with a win at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 3 and ended with a loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 2. The Pirates finished the regular season third in the National League Central Division with 78 wins and 83 losses. For the first time since the 2012 season, the Pirates finished with a losing record and did not qualify for the postseason.

Two members of the 2016 Pirates were selected to represent the National League in the All-Star Game: pitcher Mark Melancon and outfielder Starling Marte. In addition, two players were named NL Player of the Week: infielder Jung-ho Kang and utility player Sean Rodriguez, both in September.

2017 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 136th season overall, 131st season as a member of the National League, and the 17th season at PNC Park. They failed to improve on their record from the previous season and finished fourth in their division and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

2018 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2018 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 136th season in the history of the franchise, its 15th season at Citizens Bank Park, and the 1st season with manager Gabe Kapler. They improved from their 66–96 season in 2017 by posting an 80–82 record, but missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season. Kapler had the second-most wins among Phillies managers historically after 100 games (56), and under Kapler, the 2018 team improved its end-of-season won-lost record by 14 games.

2018 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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2019 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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Though there have been full-time pitchers who have converted to full-time position players, and vice versa, Loewen's three stage career (converting from full-time pitcher to full-time position player and back to full-time pitcher) is unique in major league history.

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Cole played for the baseball team at Orange Lutheran High School, and was selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Cole opted not to sign and instead attended UCLA. After his college baseball career, the Pirates made Cole the first overall selection in the 2011 MLB draft. Cole made his MLB debut in 2013 and was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month in September 2013. He was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for April 2015, and an MLB All-Star in 2015. The Pirates traded Cole to the Astros in the 2017–18 offseason.

Hernán Pérez (baseball)

Hernán Alejandro Pérez (born March 26, 1991) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility player in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers. Pérez was signed by the Tigers as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2007, and has seen time at every position on the field except for catcher. His nickname "Latin Babe Ruth" was coined by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon in 2016.

Josh Bell (baseball, born 1992)

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List of Major League Baseball players from Canada

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List of people from Lakeland, Florida

List of famous people from Lakeland, Florida

Max Surkont

Matthew Constantine Surkont (June 16, 1922 – October 8, 1986) was an American professional baseball pitcher who played from 1949 through 1957 in the Major Leagues. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Giants. The nickname Max was given to him by his childhood friends.

Nick Kingham

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Steven Brault

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Taillon (surname)

Taillon is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Daniel Taillon (born 1952), Canadian hurdler

Gilles Taillon (born 1945), Canadian politician

Jacinthe Taillon (born 1977), Canadian synchronized swimmer

Jameson Taillon (born 1991), American baseball player

Louis-Olivier Taillon (1840–1923), Canadian politician

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