Taillon to debut on Wednesday

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, is set to make his professional debut on Wednesday as a member of the Pirates’ low-A West Virginia affiliate. And as the schedule will have it, he’ll face the only player picked ahead of him last June – Bryce Harper.

West Virginia began a five-game home series against the Nationals’ Hagerstown (Md.) affiliate on Monday. Harper had a .306 batting average in 15 games with Hagerstown heading into Monday’s action.

Taillon’s much-anticipated debut was delayed by the Pirates’ decision to have the right-hander throw in some extended spring games after Spring Training concluded. The organization made that move in order to ensure that Taillon would be able to finish out the Minor League season without too strenuous a workload.

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There is a very good chance the game Wednesday will not be played. Severe thunderstorms are forecast for the area.

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