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Pirates Promote Jameson Taillon To Class AA Altoona

The Pirates have promoted one of their top prospects, pitcher Jameson Taillon, to Class AA Altoona. He will make his debut at the new level on Tuesday at Trenton.

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Taillon posted a 3.82 ERA for Class A+ Bradenton, striking out 98 batters and walking 37 in 125 innings. Those are reasonable numbers, but they aren't that impressive, particularly not for a top prospect. What's particularly strange about them is that Taillon had a great April, striking out seven times as many batters as he walked, then didn't do particularly well in May, June or July.

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The Pirates probably feel, though, that the non-statistical aspects of Taillon's development -- his ability to locate his fastball within the strike zone, for example -- give them a more complete picture. They probably also want to prepare Taillon for next season, in that the minor-league season is about to come to an end, and Taillon will probably begin the 2012 campaign with Altoona.

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