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1.2 Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)

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The Pirates have selected Jameson Taillon. Here's his profile:

 

Jameson Taillon   Position: RHP   School: The Woodlands HS   State: TX   Height: 6’6’’   Weight: 225

Birth Date: 11/18/91   Seiler Rating: 1A1   Commitment: Rice

Jameson Taillon is a huge right-handed pitcher from The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. The Woodlands has been well-known as a baseball school for some time, but they hit the radar big-time a few years ago with Kyle Drabek, a former Philadelphia first round pick. Taillon is a better prospect than Drabek was, and that statement is strongly felt by the entire scouting community. The top pitching prospect in the 2010 class, he has huge upside combined with huge current stuff, and he has the rare quality of being considered a relatively safe high school pitcher. His stuff is already so mature that he could conceivably get Major League hitters out right now. He has the upside of a true number one starter, and it’s not too hard to imagine that he could reach that ceiling in a relatively short amount of time. On the mound, his fastball is already a plus-plus pitch, sitting 94-96, having touched 99 this spring. The velocity is generated so easily that there’s even some thought that he might have a tick or two left in him as his body rounds into form. His body is already fairly close to being mature, though, so he’s not a projection pick. His best secondary pitch is a plus-plus curveball, and he adds in an above-average slider for effect. His changeup isn’t very advanced to this point, but he’s shown enough feel for it that projecting it to be above-average isn’t much of a stretch. He’s the odds-on favorite to be the first pitcher selected, and he could go as high as number two overall to the Pirates, though it’s more likely he lands with Baltimore. His bonus demands are going to be extravagant, as he is a rare talent with a Rice commitment, but will be signable in the first round.