PITTSBURGH -- Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, and second-rounder Stetson Allie both came to agreements with the Pirates prior to Monday's midnight ET signing deadline. Now, the pair is headed to Pittsburgh.
Taillon and Allie will each be introduced with a press conference at PNC Park before the end of the week. Those press conferences are expected to take place on two different days.
It is customary for the Pirates to bring in their top Draft pick to talk with the media shortly after signing. Taillon, who reportedly received a $6.5 million signing bonus, will be flying in from Texas.
Allie, who can make the drive from his Cleveland-area residence, is more notable than most second-round picks given his pedigree and signing bonus. With an agreement worth $2.25 million, Allie received money recommended for a top-10 pick.
"To get two guys alike in your system -- two of the top high school pitching prospects in the country -- is phenomenal," manager John Russell said the day after both signings were announced. "We said coming in that to get to the point where we need to be as an organization, the Draft was going to be very important.
"I'm very proud of the work they've done upstairs to get these guys in our system. I can't wait to see them. It's going to be exciting times for us."
Bucs already planning for 2011 Draft
PITTSBURGH -- With the Pirates' 2010 Draft class complete with 27 signed players, the organization's scouting department already has its eyes on June 2011. And while the club's play this year has been a huge disappointment, it does have the Pirates primed for a position at or near the top of the Draft board again next season.
Currently owners of the Majors' worst record, the Pirates will earn the No. 1 selection if they finish the season in that position. The last time Pittsburgh had the top pick was in 2002, when the organization used it to select right-hander Bryan Bullington.
The Pirates have had one of the first four picks in each of the past five Drafts, and it seems highly unlikely that they'll stray from that pattern next year. It's certainly feasible that Pittsburgh could leapfrog the Orioles in the standings, as Baltimore has only two more wins at this point. It would be much more of a chore to pass Seattle (46-73) and Arizona (47-72). Those two clubs would have the No. 3 and 4 selections, respectively, if thing stay the same.
Pittsburgh entered Tuesday's contest against the Marlins with a 40-78 mark.
So, with the Pirates eyeing a potential top pick, who are the players to keep an eye on over the next 10 months? In the college realm, Anthony Rendon (third baseman, Rice University), Gerrit Cole (right-hander, UCLA), Matt Purke (left-hander, Texas Christian University), Taylor Jungmann (right-hander, University of Texas) and Sonny Gray (right-hander, Vanderbilt University) have already been identified as some of the best emerging talents.
High school pitchers Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy, Daniel Norris and Henry Owens are also in position to be some of the more intriguing Draft options in 2011, depending, of course, on how they continue to develop during their senior seasons.
Cedeno scratched from Tuesday's lineup
PITTSBURGH -- Ronny Cedeno was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder during batting practice.
Manager John Russell penciled Cedeno into the lineup earlier in the day, though at the time, Cedeno had done nothing more than test his bothersome left shoulder hitting off the tee in an indoor cage. Still, Cedeno expressed optimism that his shoulder would feel fine during BP. That turned out not to be the case.
Cedeno's availability remains day to day, and he'll likely get another chance to test his shoulder swinging on Wednesday. He has now been out of the starting lineup for six consecutive days.
Argenis Diaz replaced Cedeno at short and in the eighth spot in the batting order.
Right-hander Jose Ascanio will be in a splint for three to four weeks after suffering an injury to his right hand in an off-field accident. Ascanio, who had the hand examined by Dr. Mark Baratz in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, can't have any movement of the hand while it heals. He will be reexamined prior to returning to a throwing program. Ascanio sustained the injury while he was rehabbing from right shoulder surgery. ... With his scoreless inning on Monday, Chris Resop lowered his ERA to 1.23 in his eight appearances since joining the Pirates. Though manager John Russell hasn't committed to using Resop in one particular situation, he is emerging as the go-to reliever to bridge the gap into the eighth. "I like the fact that his velocity has gotten up to what he was throwing a couple of years ago with Atlanta, when he was out of the bullpen," Russell said. "He's up in that 94 to 96 [mph] range occasionally." ... After opening a series against the Marlins on Monday, the Pirates have now played every National League team except the Mets this season. New York comes to town for a three-game series beginning on Friday. Pittsburgh travels to Citi Field in mid-September. ... Pedro Alvarez's 14 RBIs in August has him tied for the third spot with Milwaukee's Casey McGehee among National League leaders. ... In his first two appearances since being demoted to Double-A Altoona, reliever Daniel Moskos has thrown two scoreless innings. He's allowed one hit and struck out two.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.