Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

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As first relayed by Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon needs Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. The procedure will be performed this week by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and will sideline the talented 22-year-old right-hander through the spring of 2015.

Taillon posted a 3.73 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 147 1/3 innings last year between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, and he was on track to reach the major league level early this season. He was ranked the No. 19 prospect in the game this winter by Baseball Prospectus.

We’ll say it again: Pittsburgh probably should have picked up some starting pitching this offseason.

There isn’t much depth behind No. 5 starter Edinson Volquez, who had a 9.64 ERA this spring.