For Jameson Taillon, it's one more step toward his highest goal.
For Pirates fans, it's a big step.
Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick draft in 2010, will make the next step to the major leagues and be added to Triple-A Indianapolis' roster and rotation officially on Monday.
"Overall [I] thought I did well in my time in Altoona," Taillon said via text to the Mirror on Friday. "[I] learned a lot about myself on and off of the field. My last two starts I felt really good and was pitching with conviction and purpose. I'm excited to begin with Indianapolis and continue to work toward my ultimate goal."
Taillon is on a similar path to the majors that Gerrit Cole took in the last two seasons.
Cole was moved up from Altoona around this time last season and began 2013 with the Indians. He then made his major league debut in June.
This most likely - barring a setback - is the path Taillon will follow.
"We wanted to see Jameson learn how to use his weapons to attack upper-level hitters, and we feel he is ready for the next challenge of Triple-A hitters," Pirates farm director Larry Broadway said via text. "Getting him a month-plus in Triple-A while they are in a playoff hunt will further that development with some added intensity. We are expecting him to be added to Indianapolis on Monday."
The No. 2 prospect in the organization pitched in 20 games - 19 of them starts - for the Curve in 2013 and compiled a 4-7 record with a 3.67 ERA.
"He didn't take anything for grant it," Curve manager Carlos Garcia said. "He worked to try to get better, followed instructions very well. He is a good person. We just are proud to have a hand in contributing in his development."
Taillon's last start was Wednesday when he pitched five innings against Binghamton, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out six and didn't earn a decision in the game.
The start was his first since July 18 after dealing with neck discomfort. He has had issues with his neck on three separate occasions.
One of the biggest issues on the mound for Taillon had been his change-up. He said it's the one pitch that has come a long way since the start of the season.He added it was also one of his goals.
"It was a pitch that he didn't use very often," Curve pitching coach Stan Kyles said. "It's always been there, but he just had to use it a little bit more. And he did that. And he found out that it was an effective pitch. It just raises his ceiling as a major league pitcher."
Taillon will now help out the best team in the International League's Western Division, the Indians. While it isn't exactly a World Series, Taillon could play a crucial factor in Indianapolis push for an International League championship.
"It was time," Kyles said. "He's throwing the ball well. He's done all the things he's had to do to make himself a better pitcher, and this is another stage he has to go through."