Pirates Sign Number One Pick Taillon

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon, the club's first-round selection and the second player chosen overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Taillon was rated by Baseball America as the best pitcher available in the draft and as the secondbest overall player among the top 200 prospects in the country. In addition, he was rated by the same publication as having the "Best Fastball" and as being the "Closest to the Majors" among all high school pitchers.

"We are very pleased to add a person and player of the caliber of Jameson Taillon to the Pirates organization," said Pirates GM Neal Huntington. "Additionally, we would like to express our appreciation to Jameson's family and to JD Smart and Alan and Randy Hendricks for their efforts and professionalism during the process."

In 11 games as a senior with The Woodlands (TX) High School this season, the 18-year-old Taillon went 8-1 with a 1.78 ERA. He also struck out 114 batters and walked 21 in his 62.0 innings of work during the season. In addition, Jameson struck out 19 batters while tossing a no-hitter on March 23.

"Jameson was the best pitcher available in the 2010 draft and we are very pleased to be able to reach agreement with him," said Pirates Director of Scouting Greg Smith. "He has a power fastball with advanced secondary pitches for his experience level. In addition, he has the size, mentality and pitch repertoire to become a quality major league starting pitcher. We appreciate the faith that Jameson and his family have placed in our development team and we look forward to helping Jameson reach all of his professional goals."

The 6'6", 230-pound Taillon made The Woodlands varsity team as a freshman and went on to post a 22-6 record and 282 strikeouts in 173.0 innings pitched during his high school career. He was the winning pitcher in the Gold Medal Game against Cuba for USA Baseball's 18U National Team during the Pan American Junior Championship in Venezuela in 2009; he went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts in two starts during the tournament.

With the addition of Taillon, the Pirates have now signed a total of 27 players from this year's draft.


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