Bradenton Marauders

Bradenton Marauders ace Jameson Taillon promoted to Double-A Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Friday that Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, is scheduled to be promoted from the Bradenton Marauders to the Altoona Curve and make his Double-A debut on Tuesday at Trenton.

Taillon, 20, is in his second full season in the Pirates’ organization after being selected with the second overall pick in the 2010 draft out of The Woodlands (Texas) High School. In his first season at the High-A level, Taillon has gone 6-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 23 starts for the Florida State League Marauders. In his 123 innings, he has allowed 109 hits while striking out 98. He was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star during his time with Bradenton.

In his first month of work in High-A, Taillon went 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA in five starts and in the process garnered his first career Pitcher of the Week award. From April 23-30, Taillon made two starts and combined for 11.0 shutout innings while striking out 10 and giving up just six hits.

He recently added a second Pitcher of the Week award to his belt, this time for the week of July 30-August 6 as he again pitched scoreless baseball across two starts. This time, Taillon worked seven shutout innings in Lakeland on the 30th before throwing five scoreless at home versus Palm Beach to round out the week. Since the All-Star Break, the second-best prospect in the Pirates’ system according to Baseball America has a 3-2 record and a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts. In three starts during August, he’s 1-1 with an ERA of 1.80.