Jameson Taillon Invited to Major League Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited Jameson Taillon to Major League Spring Training, according to Chris Cotillo.

The news isn’t a big surprise, since Taillon was invited to MLB Spring Training last year, and is closer to the majors this year. He won’t make the team out of camp, but should arrive by mid-season, just like Gerrit Cole did in 2013.

This is a good time to point out what being invited to Major League Spring Training means for a guy like Taillon. There are two Spring Trainings — the MLB portion and the minor league portion. The MLB portion is the one that is known, and what people think of when they think of Spring Training. It includes everyone on the 40-man roster, plus all non-roster invitees (NRIs). The NRIs include any minor league free agents who received an invite, plus any players in the system who aren’t on the 40-man roster, but are in the upper levels. There will be more NRIs from the players currently in the system (especially catchers, since those are always in need during Spring Training). It’s just a matter of time before they’re announced.

The Spring Training tracker is updated with Taillon, although since he has no shot at making the team, his status is in red.

  • The more important part of that is he will be pitching on a short term basis at Mckechnie field and then later at the AAA games at Pirate City so the fan ought to have several chances to see him pitch . The first time I saw Cole it did not take long to come to the conclusion that he was going to be very good .

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    January 6, 2014 10:30 pm

    Not exactly newsworthy…would have been more of a shock if he wasn’t invited. I just hope to see Taillon be the dominant pitcher he was supposed to be and appears to have the talent to be. This will be a very important season for him, as I assume he will start at AAA most likely – and will be just someone else’s sore elbow away from the majors.

  • PiratesForever
    January 6, 2014 8:29 pm

    just imagine the Pirates rotation when Tallion comes up ill be praising the baseball lords every night