Source: Bucs sign Taillon
It appears to be a big day for the Pirates’ franchise, as a source has confirmed that the organization has signed first-rounder Jameson Taillon before Monday’s midnight deadline. That means that both Taillon and second-rounder Stetson Allie are about to join the system.
The Pirates have already announced their agreement with Allie. The deal with Taillon should be announced soon.
It is it not yet known what it cost for the Pirates to ink both right-handed pitchers. Both were expected to receive bonuses well above the recommended slot.
On Monday, the Pirates also announced that agreements had been reached with two later-round picks – Drew Maggi (15th round) and Jared Lakind (23rd round). Multiple sources confirmed that Maggi will receive a $468,000 signing bonus. A source confirmed that Lakind’s bonus was also well above slot.
It was the negotiations with Taillon and Allie, though, that were most anticipated as the signing deadline approached. Both players are represented by the Hendricks Brothers, who recently met with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and scouting director Greg Smith to expedite the negotiation process.
Taillon, who was selected only behind Bryce Harper, recently graduated from The Woodlands (Texas) High School and is forgoing a scholarship to Rice University to join the Pirates’ organization.
Already having drawn comparisons to other Houston-area pitching products like Josh Beckett and Roger Clemens, Taillon went 8-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 114 strikeouts and 62 2/3 innings as a senior.
The Pirates envision the 18-year-old as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter given his makeup and talent at such an early age.
Though he dropped to the second round – likely because of perceived bonus demands – Allie is another young, right-handed power arm that the Pirates are excited to add to the system. The 19-year-old recent high school graduate had been under scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina.
In his senior season at St. Edward High School in Lakeland, Ohio, Allie went 9-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 60 innings. His fastball has been clocked at 100 mph, and Baseball America rated Allie as the eighth-best prospect in the country before the Draft.
“We are very pleased to be able to come to terms with Stetson Allie,” Smith said. “He is a physical right-handed pitcher with a solid combination of intelligence and competitiveness to go along with a power fastball, breaking ball mix and a complimentary changeup. Stetson was one of the best high school pitchers available in the Draft, and he has the potential to be a quality Major League starting pitcher. We appreciate the faith that Stetson and his family have placed in our development team, and we look forward to helping Stetson reach all of his professional goals.”
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