UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Taillon will receive “a bit more than $5 million” from the Pirates.
9:05 PM: According to Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have agreed to terms with No. 2 overall pick right-hander Jameson Taillon. The pitcher’s father informed the paper of the signing.
Terms haven’t been released, but the 18-year-old right-hander was considered the best high school pitcher available in June’s draft.
Taillon has those two key words everyone talks about with a young pitcher: Tall and projectable. Standing at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, he already has three plus-pitches in his arsenal, including a fastball that touches the high-90s, a slider and a curve.
It’s only natural that we’ll hear comparisons to other Texas right-handers like Roger Clemens and Josh Beckett. Kyle Drabek, now a property of the Blue Jays, was drafted by the Phillies out of the same high school as Taillon, The Woodlands, in the 2006 draft.
Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.
Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.
Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.
Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.