The Mariners have been college-heavy in the first round recently, and there are three college right-handers who could be in play if this scenario plays out. Faedo is ranked highest of the three (ahead of UCLA’s Griffin Canning and Mizzou’s Tanner Houck) on MLB.com’s ranking of draft prospects. He hasn’t had the greatest season, but the raw stuff is there.
Mizzou has produced a number of first-round picks this decade, highlighted by two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Houck might not be Scherzer, but his fastball sits in the mid-90s and sniffs triple digits, and the Tigers (the ones in Detroit) would be happy with that.
Canning’s a hard-throwing right-hander with 124 strikeouts and 28 walks for the Bruins this season, to go with an ERA of 2.55. Eight of San Francisco’s past 11 first-rounders have come from the college ranks.
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon recently underwent surgery after a dianosis of testicular cancer, and on Friday he received a gift from Pirates fans.
Taillon also met with the media for the first time since his diagnosis, and said he has only received good news so far.
Taillon is playing catch now. All good news re: potential spread so far but some blood work remains and he’ll have to keep an eye on it.
Taillon also said he’s heard from fellow cancer survivors and patients such as Lance Armstrong, Andrew Lambo, Chad Bettis and John Kruk.