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Birth Date11-18-1991
Height6' 5"
Weight230 lbs
Age28 years, 0 months, 2 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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2016 PIT MLB 18 18 104.0 5 4 0 99 17 85 13 93 8.6 1.5 1.1 7.4 55% .287 1.12 3.75 3.38 93 3.89 86.2 1.7
2017 PIT MLB 25 25 133.7 8 7 0 152 46 125 11 94 10.2 3.1 0.7 8.4 49% .352 1.48 3.50 4.44 91 4.08 86.8 2.2
2018 PIT MLB 32 32 191.0 14 10 0 179 46 179 20 97 8.4 2.2 0.9 8.4 48% .298 1.18 3.42 3.20 87 3.41 76.2 4.2
2019 PIT MLB 7 7 37.3 2 3 0 34 8 30 4 103 8.2 1.9 1.0 7.2 51% .272 1.13 3.75 4.10 94 3.74 76.8 0.8

Statistics for All Levels

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2011 WVA A SAL 23 23 92.7 2 3 0 89 22 97 9 103 8.6 2.1 0.9 9.4 0% .311 1.20 3.69 3.98 86 4.04 82.4
2012 BRD A+ FSL 23 23 125.0 6 8 0 109 37 98 10 111 7.8 2.7 0.7 7.1 0% .267 1.17 3.89 3.82 98 3.59 74.9
2012 ALT AA EAS 3 3 17.0 3 0 0 11 1 18 0 106 5.8 0.5 0.0 9.5 0% .256 0.71 1.25 1.59 56 2.79 58.1
2013 ALT AA EAS 20 19 110.3 4 7 0 112 36 106 8 93 9.1 2.9 0.7 8.6 0% .322 1.34 3.45 3.67 88 3.45 75.0
2013 IND AAA INT 6 6 37.0 1 3 0 31 16 37 1 100 7.5 3.9 0.2 9.0 0% .289 1.27 3.17 3.89 86 4.24 92.2
2013 CAN int WBC 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 9.0 2.3 0.0 6.8 0% .286 1.25 2.88 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2016 PIT MLB NL 18 18 104.0 5 4 0 99 17 85 13 93 8.6 1.5 1.1 7.4 55% .287 1.12 3.75 3.38 93 3.89 86.2
2016 IND AAA INT 10 10 61.7 4 2 0 44 6 61 2 98 6.4 0.9 0.3 8.9 49% .253 0.81 1.95 2.04 68 2.43 53.7
2017 PIT MLB NL 25 25 133.7 8 7 0 152 46 125 11 94 10.2 3.1 0.7 8.4 49% .352 1.48 3.50 4.44 91 4.08 86.8
2017 ALT AA EAS 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 112 3.0 3.0 0.0 18.0 25% .250 0.67 0.23 0.00 48 2.10 44.7
2017 IND AAA INT 2 2 11.0 0 1 0 12 2 15 0 90 9.8 1.6 0.0 12.3 58% .387 1.27 1.16 4.09 64 3.59 76.4
2018 PIT MLB NL 32 32 191.0 14 10 0 179 46 179 20 97 8.4 2.2 0.9 8.4 48% .298 1.18 3.42 3.20 87 3.41 76.2
2019 PIT MLB NL 7 7 37.3 2 3 0 34 8 30 4 103 8.2 1.9 1.0 7.2 51% .272 1.13 3.75 4.10 94 3.74 76.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2016 1535 0.4788 0.4814 0.8119 0.6367 0.3388 0.9103 0.6421 0.1881
2017 2324 0.4781 0.4552 0.7911 0.6148 0.3092 0.8887 0.6133 0.2089
2018 2958 0.4899 0.4855 0.7570 0.6315 0.3453 0.8448 0.6027 0.2430
2019 553 0.4828 0.5081 0.7544 0.6667 0.3601 0.8371 0.6117 0.2456

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-02 2014-09-09 Minors 160 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-04-09 -
2013-07-19 2013-07-31 Minors 12 0 - Neck Stiffness - -


Year Team Salary
2019 PIT $587,500
2018 PIT $571,000
2017 PIT $555,000
2016 PIT $
2015 PIT $
2 yrPrevious$1,126,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,713,500
3 yrTotal$1,713,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 110 dHendricks Sports1 year/$587,500 (2019)

  • 1 year/$587,500 (2019). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/19.
  • 1 year/$0.571M (2018). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Pittsburgh 11/20/14. Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/4/15.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2010 (1-2) (The Woodlands HS, Texas). $6.5M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 0 11.6 0 29 29 164.3 134 40 153 14 .269 1.06 2.72 3.03 2.9 0.3
80o 0 11.8 0 28 28 158.0 137 41 147 15 .280 1.12 3.02 3.36 -2.8 -0.3
70o 0 12 0 27 27 153.6 138 41 143 15 .289 1.17 3.23 3.6 -6.6 -0.7
60o 0 12.1 0 26 26 149.9 140 41 139 15 .296 1.21 3.42 3.81 -9.8 -1.1
50o 0 12.1 0 26 26 146.4 141 42 136 15 .302 1.25 3.59 4 -12.5 -1.4
40o 0 12.2 0 25 25 143.0 142 42 133 15 .309 1.28 3.77 4.2 -15.2 -1.7
30o 0 12.3 0 25 25 139.4 143 42 130 15 .315 1.33 3.96 4.41 -17.9 -2.0
20o 0 12.4 0 24 24 135.3 144 43 126 15 .324 1.38 4.19 4.66 -21.0 -2.3
10o 0 12.5 0 23 23 129.6 145 43 121 15 .335 1.45 4.50 5.01 -24.9 -2.7
Weighted Mean012.102626146.51404113615.3011.243.583.99-12.3-1.3

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BP Chats

2019-10-30 16:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the Pirates will do this off-season? Are they moving toward a complete rebuild?
(Trixie from San Diego)
I think they have to, right? I hate rec'ing a rebuild but what do you do? Your best or second best position player is Starling Marte, who is 30 and just put together one of his best seasons. Two years left on his contract (via affordable options)...don't you cash in on that? Josh Bell is already 27. He's been in the majors for parts of four seasons. You have to make a decision on him soon, too. Jameson Taillon is out for essentially all of 2020. Your core, should you choose to keep one is Bell/Marte/...Newman? Tucker? Keller? Where do you go from here that makes sense in a highly competitive Central? I think they could do a short rebuild if they marshaled their resources correctly, but it's really hard to say without seeing who is in charge of said resources. It's also hard to believe Nutting won't take any opportunity to spend less money. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Between Brent Honeywell and Jameson Taillon who will have more success in the future once both are healthy?
(Injured Pitchers from Sad)
Goodness, this is a downer. I guess I'll say Honeywell, just because he didn't actually injure his UCL in his most recent injury that needed surgery, but I don't feel confident in that answer. It's a coin flip. (JP Breen)
2017-07-19 17:00:00 (link to chat)Jameson Taillon is really, really good. I think he can be a #1 and ace. What do you think?
(Justin from Iowa)
He gets a ton of grounders, strikes out a good amount, and has seen his opposing contact percentage drop from last year. He's going to be great. A #1 in a rotation? Probably, and that'll pretty much happen if Gerrit Cole is traded. An ace? I see an ace as the top 7-8 pitchers in the league, and while Taillon's got an outside shot, he might not reach that. But that is not a detraction on him at all. Taillon is an excellent pitcher and has a bright future. (Brett Cowett)
2017-05-08 20:00:00 (link to chat)Jameson Taillon. Woof. Feel bad for the guy. Pirates can't have nice things anymore it seems.
(Justin from Iowa)
This really sucks. Hope everything goes well for Taillon and he can make a quick recovery. (Mark Barry)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Then let's get to more important Bucco talk. Polanco's shoulder is allegedly still messing with him. Is it time to be concerned long term with him?
(Ceej from Pittsburgh)
Thanks, Ceej!

The thing about Polanco: HE IS SO FREAKING YOUNG. He'll be 26 in September. He's only a few months older than Kris Bryant and Jameson Taillon. There aren't a lot of shoulder things (torn labrum may be one of them) that can't be fixed, and he's young enough to bounce back. I am really not worried about him...

...much. The only concern: His career has been a patchwork of some really great streaks and long periods of meh. Everybody is like that, of course, but it seems more pronounced with him. I'd like to see the latter shorten a bit. (Rob Mains)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Rank the following for 2017 and beyond: Blake Snell, Robert Gsellman, Jameson Taillon.
(Tim from CA)
Taillon quietly had a very good season at two levels, and I wouldn't be shocked this year if he takes a step forward and is at least a major league 2 (with the usual health caveats, and there's more there than with the other two). Past him I like both Snell and Gsellman, would take Gsellman today, maybe Snell tomorrow. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)What are the ceilings for Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow? Any comps for either of them? Thanks!
(Hidalgo from San Juan)
I'll skip the comps; they're generally bad.

Taillon could be a #2 if EVERYTHING went his way, but I suspect a #3 is more realistic. Glasnow has a better chance to get to that #2 overall. (Mike Gianella)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Was surprised to see Jameson Taillon listed here (he's almost an afterthought). Let's be optimistic and assume he's fully healthy. What chance does he have to be a #3 SP? More? Can you help PIT this season?
(John from Pittsburgh)
Perhaps I'm daft but I still believe despite the extended layoff/injuries. Going back to the first Fried answer, I'd really like to see what the stuff is like when he's back in a meaningful game. I don't think I can help Pittsburgh. I'm not very good at baseball. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)If Jameson Taillon proves to be healthy, what kind of ceiling do you see with him. Same for Max Fried, knowing its a hard spot to judge players that havent pitched in 2 years
(Ken from Cleveland)
Hard to find a riskier pitching prospect than Fried, who's coming back from Tommy John. While he still possesses the ceiling of a number two starter, the odds of him realizing that potential are significantly diminished from where they were pre-surgery. Assuming the velocity returns, he's got the arsenal to succeed, but his command (his BB/9 numbers have always been high) still needs work. He's only 22, but he's missed a ton of developmental time, which is a huge concern to me. As far as Taillon, I'm always the lowest one in the room on him...His six starts at Triple-A were just mediocre to me last year. (George Bissell)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)How do you value injured guys like Jurickson Profar and Jameson Taillon in dynasty leagues? Does their talent justify holding onto them despite their long history of injuries?
(Matt from NYC)
It's different for hitters than it is for pitchers. I'm more willing to gamble on hitters while they are injured, as I really want to see mound dwellers return and get a sense for their current profile before investing. I'd still be holding on to both of them in leagues, but if I had to choose between the two, it's Profar for me. (Bret Sayre)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on a few question mark pitching prospects, Jameson Taillon,Braden Shipley, and Mark Appel? What do you see out of them over the next couple seasons?
(Tony from ND)
Really have to see Taillon healthy before we make a judgment. I think Appel could be an OK mid-tier starter, but the ideas of him being an ace or even a #2 should be removed out of our heads. Shipley is the guy of the three who excites me the most. You have to be careful with comps, but I like the Jacob deGrom parallels here, with the converted shortstop who throws 95 MPH. He needs more refinement, but I could see him surprising in his debut. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you rank higher amongst these near MLB ready arms: Jameson Taillon, Archie Bradley, Daniel Norris, or Chi Chi?
(Silverback38 from VA)
Norris, Bradley, Chi-Chi are all very close for me-- probably within 8-10 spots total. Taillon lags behind those three in my view. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)With injuries and performance in consideration, how do you rank these guys: Jameson Taillon, Taijuan Walker, Andrew Heaney.
(Basil from Texas)
Walker, Taillon, Heaney. I can't quit Walker. You're justified in being wary with him, though. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, what side would you rather have? Ian Kennedy or Max Fried & Jameson Taillon?
(Jordan Miller from Michigan)
I like Kennedy a lot, but there's the question of whether or not he gets traded to a less friendly home park.

Taillon and Fried represent a lot of upside but a lot of risk too. I'd probably keep Kennedy who has always been a favorite of mine. (Jeff Long)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many of your NL Central Top 25 do you expect to make it on the top 100 list when BP publishes it? Average would be around 16 or 17 assuming talent is evenly distributed, right?
(Mike from Texas)
I did say I'd throw a top 25 NL Central Prospects list out there during this chat. With the understanding this is a work in progress (Mellen and I are starting to dig in on the framework for the Top 101), this is my own personal ranking of the prospects covered in our NL Central rankings:

1. SS Addison Russell
2. 3B Kris Bryant
3. RHP Robert Stephenson
4. OF Jorge Soler
5. OF Albert Almora
6. OF Stephen Piscotty
7. LHP Marco Gonzales
8. RHP Tyler Glasnow
9. RHP Jameson Taillon
10. OF Jesse Winker
11. OF/1B Josh Bell
12. RHP Alex Reyes
13. C Kyle Schwarber
14. RHP Michael Lorenzen
15. SS Orlando Arcia
16. OF Tyrone Taylor
17. OF Billy McKinney
18. RHP Pierce Johnson
19. SS Gleyber Torres
20. RHP Jack Flaherty
21. OF Yorman Rodriguez
22. C Reese McGuire
23. RHP Nick Howard
24. RHP Devin Williams
25. LHP Rob Kaminsky

I think all of those guys will be in the discussion for the 101, and expect there to be some shuffling in order of course. Definitely more than the average of 16 or 17. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)C.j how good is the potential of the royals young pitching throughout their organization? Thanks for the great work.
(Dave from Kcmo)
I really liked Zimmer. I thought he was better than Jameson Taillon last season. The injury was unfortunate. I see Zimmer still as a no. 2 starter; Almonte #4; Binford #5 just to name a few. Manaea has made mechanical changes and I think with more consistency he could a no. 2 starter. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have confidence that Jameson Taillon will return from surgery to achieve pre-surgery prospects or is he now projected to be a middle of the rotation guy?
(Erik from Fayatteville)
I think he'll recover just fine and I still think he's a mid-rotation guy. I don't think he ever had the command to be an ace and his change-up wasn't good enough to make him a number two at the rate he was going. He had two plus pitches and a body that should log innings, so that's a number three assuming it all comes back, which I'm not to worried about. A very good prospect, but just never made the jump to the upper echelon guys. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)When Jameson Taillon does return, what are your expectations? What is his expectations/ceiling in dynasty league?
(Silverback38 from VA)
I'm not as crazy high on Taillon as some others. No. 3/4 fantasy starter early in his career, a peak as a No. 2. That sounds bad, but it's really good. (Ben Carsley)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Tyler Glasnow be? He has been unreal the last couple of weeks.
(Jeb from Iowa)
The sky is the limit for Glasnow. His height helps him attack hitters with a potent combination of velocity, downward plane, and a release point that is about halfway to the plate. As I mentioned in today's MLU, he simply doesn't get hit hard. His potential plus curveball is no slouch of a pitch either. He needs to throw more strikes, but being tall is a legitimate excuse for those struggles and we've seen tall pitchers struggle longer to correct fastball command than other guys. He'll never be a control artist, but even if he's not, he avoids good contact enough to be a mid-rotation starter. If he throws more strikes, he'll slot right behind Gerrit Cole and ahead of Jameson Taillon in future Pittsburgh rotations. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the true recovery timetable on Dylan Bundy? And do you see any other SPs getting an All-Star Break call up and making an impact fantasy-wise (Noah Syndergaard, Tyler Skaggs, Jameson Taillon, etc.)?
(pmitchell60 from NOLA)
Is there a possibility that Bundy gets some big league innings, probably in a relief role this season? Sure. There's no reason to rush it, really. All depends on how he feels. It's more important that he's healthy in 2015 and beyond. Could make the case that he's the best pitching prospect in the minors. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)With injuries to other Pirates pitching prospects, does Kingham get elevated any quicker?
(Silverback38 from VA)
The Pirates are notoriously conservative with their promotions and do not rush their prospects. The Pirates also have some pitching depth ahead of their top prospects, like Jeff Locke and Brandon Crumpton, so there's no need to rush anyone. If they dip into the prospect pool for starts, Kingham could nab a few of those that would have gone to Jameson Taillon, but i don't think we'll see Kingham this year unless things really get bad on the Burgh. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong, ready to live up to expectations, recieves 500 at bats in St. Louis Gregory Polanco up in the Burgh by mid April? Tyler Glasnow up late this season? Thanks for the chat, regardless if you get to this question, always enjoy the knowledge as you answer any question in general
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee, IL)
Just to break these up a little:

Wong should be fine, but the playing time estimate might be on the optimistic side. It wouldn't shock me if they platoon him with Mark Ellis, at least early on.

I doubt Polanco is up before mid-June. The Pirates have every financial reason to play the Super Two game with him. As with Glasnow, I'd lean toward not this year. You figure Jameson Taillon is in line ahead of him, and likely Nick Kingham as well. Add in some of the other bit arms the Pirates have, and I just don't see a clear path to the majors for him this season. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Jameson Taillon for 2014? Is there reason to think he will continue to develop his control?
(Defensive from Maryland)
I am big on Taillon this year, with a nod toward the Pirates development patterns which emphasize fastball command over stats at the minor league level. His delivery has all of the hallmarks of strong command, and he just needs to refine the timing element. He was addressing this last year with a slightly slower speed to the plate, and he still needs to find just the right pace, but the improvements in balance are good indicators of his positive development. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. It's probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, here's what I came up with after about 30 min of research. I'll note that since I'm not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, I've restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. I'll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, he'd probably have made it on this list. Obviously that's not how we'd rank them now, and it's funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last year's pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Why do people still think Jameson Taillon is highly regarded, is it because he was the 2nd pick of a draft in between two perennial All Stars? Looking back do the Pirates have to be kicking themselves for not taking Machado at 2?
(Mike from Utica, NY)
The same people down on Taillon are most likely the same people that were down on Cole. They focus too much on the minor league numbers and lose the developmental context involved with the process. Taillon might not be the ace some thought when he was drafted, but I guarantee he makes some of doubters look short-sighted and foolish in the coming years. He's still a top 20 prospect in baseball and the top prospect in the Pirates system. Don't overthink things. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jeff - A lot of pitching prospects have been throw around in this chat. Curious where Kyle Zimmer ranks; thinking in terms of tiers, who is his peer set - the guys you would cluster around him? What is his ceiling like down the road?
(aaronayoung from Washington, DC)
He's in the Jameson Taillon, Andrew Heaney, Aaron Sanchez, Alex Meyer class. It's a good spot to be in. (Jeff Moore)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league (no limits or costs): Matt Moore, Jameson Taillon, Ryan Cook, and picks first 2 rounds in prospect draft, for Taijuan Walker, Shelby Miller, Yordano Ventura, and Joakim Soria. I assume you'd take Walker side, but I am selling a bit low on Moore considering the potential should he find his command?
(Slevin from Brooklyn)
Hey Slevin:

Hmm. I have to think about this one which means that the offer is probably in the ballpark in both directions. A lot depends on what is available in your prospect draft and what you think you can land with those 2 picks. Even in dynasty leagues, I generally like taking the proven commodity over the uncertainty, so from that standpoint I like Matt Moore better than any of the other pitchers in the deal. However, I have to assume that there isn't anything wrong with Shelby Miller and he certainly put up enough innings last year to be considered a Major League asset as well. With that in mind, I like Taijuan Walker and Yordano Ventura better than Jameson Taillon in that deal, and Joakim Soria has a better chance of closing than Ryan Cook in 2014. Again, much depends on what those picks will net at the minor league auction. Since it's dynasty, I'm assuming those picks will get you players who are talented but very far away. If you think you're going to compete this year, you probably want the Walker package. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Jameson Taillon's ceiling/floor changed at all based on his somewhat down 2013?
(Llewellyn from Portland)
His ceiling has fallen for some. Again, the developmental process ebbs and flows, and as a player moves through this machine, its quite common (and likely) to see their once lofty ceiling shrink in the reality of the process. Taillon doesn't look like a future number one starter, but its a rare outcome to draft a HS arm, develop him through the system, and see him emerge in the upper minors with that ceiling still intact. Reality is a bitch. He's probably closer to a number three. That's still a very acceptable outcome. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of impact/rotation spot do you envision for Jameson Taillon?
(chopper from indy)
He may be a three, or a two at his peak. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Per the mid-season Top 50, the top 10 Starting Pitching propects in baseball (that are still prospect eligible) were: Archie Bradley, Kevin Gausman, Taijuan Walker, Jameson Taillon, Dylan Bundy, Mark Appel, Robert Stephenson, Carlos Martinez, Noah Syndergaard, and Aaron Sanchez. What would an updated list look like? I assume Jonathan Gray would be somewhere in the middle of the pack, no?
(Jonah from Redwood)
I think there are some slight differences that you'd see here. Globally speaking, I think everyone recognizes that Noah Syndergaard has vaulted himself higher up a list of this nature. Speaking personally, I have always been on the lower end with my Dylan Bundy projections and I would push him down the list some. Gray would be in the mix toward the back of this pack for me, and that's not a slight against him, I just don't believe he is quite on par with some of the other names in this group. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Jameson Taillon still have a #1 ceiling, or has his stock fallen enough that scouts are more comfortable throwing a lower ceiling on him?
(Frank from Queens)
#1's are exceedingly rare, and the ceiling idea is so nebulous that I would shy away from giving just about any prospect that label (exception: Strasburg circa 2009). But I really like what Taillon brings to the table, both in terms of mechanics and stuff, and I remain high on his potential even if his stock has fallen in the eyes of others. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you consider Archie Bradley to be a significantly better prospect than Jameson Taillon, or is it a 1 and 1a type of thing? Is Jorge Alfaro the real deal? Thank you.
(Chopper from Indy)
I would take Bradley over Taillon. I'm not sure I would say he's a significantly better prospect, but I think he develops into the the better ML starter. (Jason Parks)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)List 5 hitters and pitchers that you feel could be breakout players in 2014. Thanks for the chat, Mike!
(Brett from The Office)
Hi Brett.

Hitters: Christian Yelich, Billy Hamilton, Oscar Taveras, Avisail Garcia, Josmil Pinto.

Pitchers: Jameson Taillon, Rafael Montero, Drew Smyly, Jimmy Nelson, Taijuan Walker. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm from Pittsburgh, tell me something I don't know about Jameson Taillon.
(Dave from Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh)
Some believe he could be better than Cole. Of course that's similar to some thinking Wheeler could be better than Harvey. Both have potential, but I'm still a Cole/Harvey (and not just bc of their MLB success, I've been them over Taillon/Wheeler from the jump). (Paul Sporer)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)If I deal a pair of top prospects (e.g. Two from among Jameson Taillon, Carlos Martinez, and Kevin Gausman (let's say the first two)) what should my expected return be in dynasty (super deep rosters/size)?
(Donnie from Atlanta Renegadin')
If you find the right team who is in the building process, you should be able to a pretty nice bat for those two, right? Choo might be too high, but maybe Gordon or Dom Brown? (Paul Sporer)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you talk about about your favorite secondary pitch or pitches and maybe a few guys in the minors that best represent those pitches?
(steve from Santa Fe )
I have always been partial to the slider just because that was always the secondary pitch I had the most success with, but I have come to love the true hammer curveball even more in my scouting days. Between Jameson Taillon and Archie Bradley, I don't think you can really go wrong with their curveballs. (Mark Anderson)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)So you have touched on one of your top 5 pitching prospects (Syndergard)....Who else do you have?
(Shawn from Philly)
Top of my head, only guys who haven't pitched in the big leagues: Archie Bradley, Taijuan Walker, Syndergaard, Jameson Taillon, aaaaand...let's go Robert Stephenson. Disclaimer: not much thought went into that. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank if you will according to ceiling (high to low): Kevin Gausman, Carlos Martinez, Jameson Taillon.
(Jonah from Redwood)
Hmm...Gausman, Martinez, Taillon. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank in order of ceiling: Carlos Martinez, Kevin Gausman, Jameson Taillon, Robert Stephenson, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito.
(AJ from Phoenix)
On ceiling alone: Gausman, Giolito, Taillon, Syndergaard, Martinez, Stephenson. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jameson Taillon still a #1-#2 SP prospect, or is he more of a mid rotation guy now?
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
I don't think his ceiling has been downgraded, so still a #2 as of now. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)In an NL-only deep Ultra dynasty league, I was recently offered Cliff Lee for Michael Wacha, Luis Valbuena, Daniel Hudson, Jameson Taillon and Chris Heisey. I thought I was being asked tp give up too much, and asked for more in return. Lee's owner then turned around and traded Lee for Randall Delgado, Dave Sappelt, Tyler Cloyd, Francisco Peguero and Khris Davis. This deal struck me as either ludicrous or retaliatory: He gave up up top starter (Lee has had four excellent starts since then) for three fifth outfielders and two fifth starters. Am I wrong to think these two offers are not on the same planet?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
Hi Gerry.

Without knowing the salaries/contracts of the players involved, I'd agree that the two offers don't compare. Taillon and Wacha are both potentially #2 starters for your future team and Hudson is a good bounce back candidate assuming health. Even if I'm being generous, I don't see how Delgado and Cloyd are going to be better than Taillon and Wacha, and the hitters really seem like bench guys who maybe start at some point if they get really, really lucky. My guess is that the deal was ludicrous rather than retaliatory, but you have every right to be annoyed at your league mate. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jameson Taillon appears to be having a better year, numbers wise, than Gerrit Cole. I realize this is a superficial statement/comparison on which to base this question, but possible to think Taillon ends up as the better MLB player? Likelihood if yes?
(btownsley36 from Crisco Bathtub)
It's possible to think that, yes. Taillon wasn't a late-round pick or anything. He was arguably the best arm in his class, and held frontline projections. He has the stuff to reach those heights. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Care to find the nearest crystal ball in your apt. and provide an early look at the top 10 next year?
(bmmolter from Mass.)
I can:
1. Addison Russell
2. Javier Baez
3. Taijuan Walker
4. Archie Bradley
5. Aaron Sanchez
6. Byron Buxton
7. Jameson Taillon
8. Robert Stephenson
9. Francisco Lindor
10. Austin Hedges (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Did you see, or speak to anyone who saw Jameson Taillon's WBC start against Team USA? Any thoughts on the Texan, cleverly disguised as a Canadian?
(JoeTetreault from Carrollton, TX)
He wasn't born in Texas and he played for Canada, so I'm considering removing the "Texan" from his profile and knocking him down a role grade as a punishment. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of the top Minor League arms, who's mechanics impress you the most/least?
(Shawnykid23 from Newington)
We are really in a renaissance of young pitchers right now with respect to mechanics. I usually have many reservations with prospects, but the top arms right now are legit.

I really like Bundy because of the combination of stable baseline + room to improve. Taijuan Walker is fascinating, and though he is currently more volatile than Bundy, his peak delivery is even more impressive (I also dig the frame). Jameson Taillon has an incredibly advanced delivery for his age, and while Gerrit Cole has excellent mechanics and might have the higher ceiling, I believe Taillon will enjoy more immediate success when he is promoted to the bigs.

The one delivery that drives me nuts is Tyler Skaggs. He is completely inefficient in the effort to create deception, and I think that MLB hitters are going to expose his weaknesses. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Enjoying SP Guide--great material. 5x5 ten team dynasty: 15 keeper and 10 minors. Spent couple years prospecting: who are the gold nuggets and who are the fool's gold? Jose Fernandez, Jameson Taillon, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Max Fried, Lucas Giolito. Thank you
(nictaclacta from phoenix)
You've got lots of potential gold. If I **knew** who was fool's gold out of that, I'd have a much different job. I can tell you who I love from that group and it's Fernandez. I've always been a Taillon guy. Very excited to see full seasons out of Gausman and Zimmer. Btw, no mention of Bundy isn't because of any dislike, but rather bc he speaks for himself. He looks like a future star. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Which 5 or 10 players you think cantop the list of the 2014 Rookie list for Fantasy, also other than Buxton and Boagarts can be an impact back.
(Robert from Puerto Rico)
Bret Sayre is our prospect guy on the fantasy side, but I'll try to help. The tough thing with questions like this is that players who have 2014 ETAs who excel tend to defy the timetables and wind up contributing in 2013. My five guys for 2014 would be: Jose Fernandez, Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez, Taijuan Walker, Jameson Taillon, in that order. Baez has the best chance of the potential 2014 crop to be an impact bat. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jameson Taillon origins are from Canada, he's not a true Texan.
(Mike from Utica, NY)
He's a Texan, and you don't get any more questions answered. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Other than Profar, Taveras, Myers and Bundy whom I anticipate ranking in the top 5 of most top prospect lists, who are the remaining top 3-5 offensive and SP prospects in the minors?
(Brian from Worcester MA)
On the pitching side you're looking at guys like Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, Jose Fernandez and Jameson Taillon fitting in that top group. Of the position players, Byron Buxton, Travis d'Arnaud, Xander Bogaerts, and Francisco Lindor fit the bill. (Mark Anderson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole seems to be getting all the attention right now. Do you think Jameson Taillon really has #1 potential?
(captnamerca from FL)
Cole gets a lot of attention because of his outstanding stuff and proximity to the big leagues. That recognition of Cole shouldn't make you believe Taillon is being overlooked. He is a strong talent in his own right and has front-of-the-rotation potential. I think Cole's ultimate ceiling will be higher, but Taillon's ceiling won't be anything to sneeze at. (Mark Anderson)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Happy New Year! In trying to access Diamond Scape Scouting, I'm running into a lot of 404 error pages. FYI. Anyway can you give the OFP grades you gave to Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Taijuan Walker, and Jose Fernandez? Thanks!
(AJ from Phoenix)
Hi AJ! Yes, DSS was taken off line when I decided to take the scouting services to private clients. The plan is still to bring it back online with a portion of the draft stuff available to readers (though Baseball Prospectus will really be where the writing is done). Here are the OFP rankings assigned to these players by DSS -- as a word of warning, this will help you see how I comparatively viewed the players at draft time, but the scale shouldn't really be projected against what Jason and the prospect team has doing with the Prospect Lists:
Strasburg - 64/67
Cole - 62/63
Gausman - 59/62
Bundy - 58/62
Taillon - 57/61
Fernandez - 55/57
Walker - 52/56 (Nick Faleris)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances Jameson Taillon logs 150 MLB innings in 2014? Too optimistic? Safe to assume Cole will though?
(Francois from Toronto)
That's optimistic for 2014. Cole should hit that mark by '14; Taillon soon after. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming they both live up to their potential (that's a big assumption, I know), who do you think is better: Jameson Taillon or Gerrit Cole?
(captnamerca from FL)
I'm a sucker for pitcher strikeouts, so right now I'd go with Cole. They're both great talents though (no newsflash that). The new CBA really is a shame because I loved, just loved, what the Pirates were doing. Now they're hamstrung to a certain extent anyway by the new rules. I don't think it's going to destroy the game as some analysts seem to, but I do think that it evens the playing field. It is much more difficult for the really smart teams to exert their advantage under this system than under the previous one.

The Pirates have some good young players though for the first time in a while and that's a great thing for the Pirates and for baseball in general. (Matthew Kory)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, professor. Are you at all concerned about prospects in certain systems? I love Jameson Taillon but I don't love Pittsburgh's inability to develop pitching. Is that a factor in your mind when evaluating a prospect?
(Dbrosene from San Mateo)
Every team has an inability to develop pitching. It's hard to develop. I'm not of the belief that teams fail players as much as players just fail, for a wide-variety of reasons. I like the current crop of arms in the Pirates system; lots of high makeup kids with good stuff. That will help in the developmental cause. Makeup is a huge part of the developmental equation. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a tougher A level rotation than Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Colton Cain? They are stronger than many AA rotations.
(Chris from Cincinnati)
That's nasty. Two Texans in one rotation? Also, some guy named Gerrit Cole? That's not fair to other teams. I can't wait to see that team in action. Nasty. (Jason Parks)

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