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06/07/2010 6:03 PM ET
Pirates select Jameson Taillon in first round of Draft
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have selected right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon (pronounced "TIE-own") with the second overall pick in the annual First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Greg Smith, Pirates Director of Scouting.

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 whiffed 19 batters while tossing a no-hitter on March 23.

Taillon was rated by Baseball America as the best pitcher available in the draft and as the second-best 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.

"Jameson Taillon has a quality combination of present ability and future potential to become an above average Major League starting pitcher," said Smith. "He is a big, hard-throwing righthander with impressive secondary pitches for a high school aged pitcher. He also has strong traits mentally, physically, fundamentally and personally and we are thrilled to select Jameson with our first round pick."

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.

"We are very pleased with the outstanding work of our amateur scouting department under the leadership of Greg Smith," added Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. "Our selection this evening is the culmination of a tremendous amount of quality planning, preparation and execution. Jameson is the first of many potential quality additions to our organization from this year's First Year Player Draft."

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