Here are five things you should know about new Yankees starter Jameson Taillon, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-handed man who traded in New York for four prospects from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday:
Taillon’s parents were born in Florida and are Canadian, which gives him dual citizenship.
Taillon attended high school at The Woodlands in suburban Houston, where he grew up a Houston Astros fan.
He attended the same school as Paul Goldschmidt, who is four years older than 29-year-old Taillon.
In 2009 Taillon (pronounced TIE-own) was the winner of the gold medal game against Cuba for the 18U national team of USA baseball in Venezuela.
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High draft pimples
Taillon was selected by the Pirates after high school and was the second draft pick between Bryce Harper (Nationals) No. 1 and Manny Machado (Orioles) No. 3 in 2010.
Matt Harvey (Mets), Chris Sale (White Sox) and Christian Yelich (Marlins) were the first rounds of voting later that year.
“I was drafted in a position where a lot was expected of me and I was never able to fully show it in Pittsburgh,” said Taillon. “I now feel at a point where I can prove that promise and contribute to a successful team.”
Gerrit Cole’s roommate
As young pitchers with the Pirates, Taillon and current Yankees ace Gerrit Cole sat together during spring training in Bradenton, Florida.
“Even if he cooks for himself, he will marinate whatever he cooks properly (with) perfect execution,” said Taillon. “And he’ll have the perfect pairing for it.”
As a pitcher: “I relied on him extremely heavily in Pittsburgh when I was called up because he knocked me out to Pittsburgh by a couple of years.”
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Two operations by Tommy John
Taillon was operated twice by Tommy John.
After the second procedure, he radically changed his mechanics to reduce the strain on his elbow, aided in part by work at the Florida Baseball Ranch in Lakeland.
In May 2017, Taillon went on the list of injured due to groin complaints. Days later he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had an immediate operation in Pittsburgh.
Taillon returned to start his next MLB five weeks after surgery.
Taillon is a great coffee guy.
He’s even made a website dedicated to his passion: Pro Brew.
On his homepage, Taillon writes: “I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to major league cities across the country and experience some of the most unique attractions and drinks they have to offer.
“Explore the places I go, discover the cool people I meet, and subscribe to get a glimpse of my life.”
Pete Caldera is the Yankees beatwriter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Yankees analysis, news, trades and more, subscribe today and download our app.
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