Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft who received a $6.5 million signing bonus, was promoted to the Curve from Single-A Bradenton this afternoon.
The Curve now have one of the richest starting rotations in minor league baseball as Taillon and 2011 No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole ($8 million bonus) account for $14.5 million.
Taillon will make his Curve debut Tuesday at Trenton. He then would be scheduled to pitch at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Aug. 26 against Richmond, while Cole would start at PNG Field the following night against Akron.
Taillon, 20, went 6-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 23 starts for Bradenton. He got off to a good start, struggled in the middle of the season but has been sharp of late for the Marauders. In his past four starts, he's allowed just three earned runs in 22 innings (1.23 ERA).
Taillon, who's 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, struck out 98 and walked 37 in 125 innings for Bradenton.
Cole is rated as the Pirates' No. 1 prospect, and Taillon is No. 2, according to Baseball America.