03/20/11 4:58 PM ET
Taillon makes professional spring debut
Pirates' 2010 first-round pick faces Yankees' Class A club
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
Taillon pitched two innings and allowed three hits, one run and struck out two batters against the Yankees' Class A team in Pirate City.
Taillon, 19, was the first high school player the Bucs have taken in the first round since nabbing Andrew McCutchen in 2005. The hard-throwing Texan is the seventh high school pitcher the organization has used on its first pick on since 1970.
He has a four-pitch mix with his fastball sitting consistently in the mid- to upper-90s. That fastball touched 99 mph on the radar gun several times. Taillon's curveball and slider have already developed into solid secondary pitches, and the Pirates believe the changeup will come.
Taillon finished his senior year at The Woodlands High School with an 8-1 record, a 1.78 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings. The studious Taillon turned down a scholarship offer from national power Rice University and received an $8.5 million bonus from the Pirates.
Pirates right-hander James McDonald (left side discomfort) threw a bullpen this morning at McKechnie Field without issue. ... Right-hander Brad Lincoln, who was hit Friday by a line drive near his right elbow, didn't throw his scheduled bullpen Sunday and told reporters nothing had changed in terms of swelling or pain. He's likely to miss a start. ... Outfielder Garrett Jones received treatment today for minor neck stiffness. He also had six at-bats in a Minor League game at Pirate City. ... Minor League infielder Benji Gonzalez entered Sunday's game against the Astros in the seventh inning and proceeded to make four fielding errors, in addition to striking out in his only at-bat.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.