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Jameson Taillon's First Pro Start Against Bryce Harper, Hagerstown Rained Out

The first professional start by the Pirates' Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, was anticlimactic, as Wednesday's game between the West Virginia Power and the Hagerstown Suns was suspended in the second inning. Taillon's debut was to take place opposite the Nationals' Bryce Harper, an 18-year-old phenom and the top overall pick in the 2010 draft. 


Taillon struggled through the first inning, allowing a single, a walk to Harper, a double, and another walk. He pitched better in the second inning, allowing only a single. Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects reports that Taillon touched 98 MPH but sat in the 95-96 MPH range in the first inning and 93-94 MPH in the second. Overall, Taillon allowed one run and two walks in two innings. That's not a horrible result for a pitcher out of high school making his very first professional start, and against older competition.


The game will be completed on Thursday, but Taillon surely won't be pitching. Expect him to get his next start sometime early next week.


Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.