Pirates promote top prospect Jameson Taillon to Double-A

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Jameson Taillon is the latest big-name prospect to get a late-season promotion, as the Pirates announced that the second overall pick in the 2010 draft is headed to Double-A.

Taillon’s overall numbers at high Single-A weren’t great, with a 3.82 ERA and just 98 strikeouts in 125 innings, but the right-hander has been excellent there of late and Baseball America recently named his as the top pitching prospect in the entire Florida State League.

And now he’s reached Double-A two months before his 21st birthday.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.