February 28, 2013; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (76) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Pirates invite top prospect Jameson Taillon to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates are still said to be in the market for starting pitching and are awaiting a retirement decision on A.J. Burnett.

However, if Burnett opts to retire and the Pirates are unable to find a deal they’re comfortable handing out, the team may just wait until June or July and call up Jameson Taillon to fill that much needed rotation spot.

Pittsburgh announced today that they have sent a Spring Training invite to their top prospect, this according to Rob Biertempfel:

#Pirates have given #ST2014 invites to Jameson Taillon, Carlos Paulino, Zack Thornton and Matt Hague

Not only is Taillon the top pitching prospect in the Pirates organization, but he’s one of the premier in all of Major League Baseball.

Splitting time between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianaplois last season, Taillon posted a 3.73 ERA and 143/52 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings.

He still needs a little bit of seasoning, but facing Major League hitting for a few weeks should prime him for an in-season call-up at some point this year.

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