It will be a dramatic night in Charleston, West Virginia on Wednesday. Pirates 2010 No. 2 overall draft pick Jameson Taillon will make his pro debut for the West Virginia Power against the Hagerstown Suns, whose lineup features 2010 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper. The Pirates had been holding Taillon back in extended spring training in order to prevent him from throwing too many pitches this year, but now he has joined the Power, and due to Harper's presence, his debut should be a really exciting one for all fans of minor-league baseball.â†µ
Harper, 18, has been as brilliant as advertised so far with the Suns - he currently has a .288 average, .403 on-base percentage and .519 slugging percentage despite playing in a league where the average age is far older. The Nationals (who drafted Harper) will be limiting his interactions with the media while he's in Charleston:
He will only be available after games that he factors in, and he will not be available for one-on-one interviews "at any point" while the team is in Charleston.â†µ
As for Taillon, it's unclear whether he'll start or relieve, but either way, I'd expect him to pitch three innings or so. Expect to see a blazing fastball, a filthy curveball, and, hopefully, solid control.