BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates made their first round of spring training cuts on Monday and Jameson Taillon, the organization's top pitching prospect, was among them.
Taillon, who is expected to start the season at Class AAA Indianapolis, split the 2013 season between Altoona and Indy. Taillon was 4-7 with a 3.67 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) for the Class AA Curve, striking out 106 and walking 36 in 1101/3 innings. He went 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts at Indy.
"It's disappointing," Taillon said of returning to minor league camp, "but there just aren't enough innings to go around for everyone."-
Taillon appeared in only two Grapefruit League games this spring, had no record and a 3.38 ERA in just 22/3 innings.
Carlos Paulino, who caught for the Curve last season, also was sent to minor league camp, along with ex-Curve infielder Matt Hague.
Paulino batted .220 in 99 games with the Curve and also appeared in three games with Indianapolis a year ago.
Right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler, an Eastern League all-star a year ago when he went 11-7 with a 3.31 ERA in 23 starts (130 innings) with the Curve, was optioned to Indianapolis.
Shortstop Alen Hanson and left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez were optioned to Altoona. The switch-hitting Hanson, considered the Pirates shortstop of the future, batted .255 in 35 games with the Curve in 2013.
He batted .281 in 92 games at Bradenton (Class A) before being promoted to the Curve.
Rodriguez split the 2013 season between West Virginia and Bradenton, combining for a 9-8 record in 24 starts.
Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com reported earlier that Stetson Allie probably will start the season with the Curve.
A former high draft pick by the Bucs, Allie has switched from pitcher to third base and has shown some good power numbers early in his career.
One-time Curve catcher Milver Reyes received the 2014 Chuck Tanner Award prior to Monday's game with the Orioles.
The award is given to a member of the Pirates minor league staff who best exemplifies Tanner's optimism, work ethic and leadership.
Reyes has been in the Pittsburgh organization 15 years and is in his second as manager of the Gulf Coast League Pirates, the Bucs' rookie team.
Reyes had a 10-year playing career in the minors, advancing as high as Indianapolis. He played for the Curve parts of four seasons - 2006-2009 - as a backup catcher.