Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon gets long-awaited call to majors


null Baseball null The only player selected ahead of Jameson Taillon in the 2010 Draft is in his fifth year in the majors and already has an MVP award to his credit.While Taillon may never measure up to Bryce Harper's standards — few will — the right-hander will finally get the chance to realize his big-league dream this week. The Pirates announced Tuesday that Taillon will start Wednesday night against the Mets, finally making his major-league debut on the heels of two seasons wiped out by an elbow injury."Used to practice my autograph all day in middle school, and I would dream of making the call to my family and friends," Taillon tweeted Tuesday afternoon, adding: "Crazy to think of how many people worked so hard with me and helped me on this journey! But, this journey is still just beginning!" DRAFT: SN's final 2016 mock draftNow 24, Taillon's call to the majors came six years to the day after the Pirates selected him No. 2 overall, just after the Nationals took Harper and right before the Orioles picked Manny Machado. Taillon had every reason to believe he, rather than fellow 2010 first-rounders Matt Harvey (No. 7 overall) or Chris Sale (No. 13), would be the pitching star of the draft.He signed for a then-franchise-record $6.5 million and progressed steadily through Pittsburgh's farm system before blowing out his elbow during spring training in 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery and didn't pitch in a game again until joining Triple-A Indianapolis this year, but he has been back to his old form and then some, going 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA while walking just six and striking out 61 in 61 2/3 innings.“It's been a good track for him once he was able to get up and start throwing again,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday, via the Post-Gazette. “There may be a hidden lining in this that he didn't pitch for a period of time. He's got a full gas tank.”