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.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.