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Pirate Prospect Dominates First Double-A Home Game

Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole

Pirate pitching prospects Jameson Taillon (left) and Gerrit Cole at the MLB Futures Game in Kansas City this July. (File photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Jameson Taillon owned the Richmond Flying Squirrels in his Double-A home debut, allowing just an infield single through six shutout innings, and the Altoona Curve earned a series victory over Richmond with a 7-0 rout at People’s Natural Gas Field Sunday.

Taillon, 20, rated the second-best prospect in the Pirates organization by Baseball America, struck out seven to earn his second win in as many Double-A starts. The right-hander and 2010 first-round draftee retired the first 12 men he faced in order.

His Double-A career has begun with 11 consecutive scoreless innings, over the course of which he’s permitted just five hits, no runs, and has struck out 13 batters without issuing a walk.

Taillon entered this year rated the No. 15 overall prospect in Major League Baseball by Baseball America. Fellow pitcher Gerrit Cole, the No. 12 overall prospect in MLB and another of Altoona’s midseason call-ups, will start for the Curve in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against Akron.

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