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NL Central Notes: Jameson Taillon optioned, MLB draft results

Pittsburgh's top prospect sent back down after one start, and other happenings around the National League Central.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned starting pitcher Jameson Taillon to Triple-A Indianapolis after the right-hander made his major league debut this week.

The Pirates promoted Taillon for a spot start against the Mets on Wednesday.

Despite the team ultimately losing to New York in 10 innings that night, Taillon's debut was solid. He went six innings and gave up three earned runs. The 24-year-old allowed six hits and walked three while recording three strikeouts. He left after throwing 91 pitches.

Taillon, along with fellow pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow, are vital parts of the team's future. The Pirates need pitching help at the big league level now, but the organization doesn't want to rush their development process.

Taillon will likely be back to the majors before the end of the month.

Here's what else has been happening in the NL Central:

  • The Reds had the second pick in Thursday's MLB Draft and picked Nick Senzel, a third baseman from the University of Tennessee.
  • Offseason acquisition Seung Hwan Oh, 33, currently leads the Cardinals' bullpen in appearances, innings pitched, strikeout rate, ERA, FIP, and fWAR.