Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon made his professional debut on Wednesday, pitching for the West Virginia Power against the Hagerstown Suns. For a recap of the game, along with quotes from Taillon, West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson, and Pirates’ farm director Kyle Stark, check out my story from Wednesday night. Since I was in attendance for the start, I got video of Taillon’s debut. This was almost one month after my video of him in Spring Training, so feel free to compare the two.
For quick reference, Taillon was throwing around 95-96 MPH in the first inning, and was around 93-94 in the second inning. You can probably tell this by the video, but it was raining throughout the entire outing.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.