Young arms make most of instructional league

Young arms make most of instructional league

As the Pirates' instructional league prepares to wrap up on Saturday, the organization is reporting a successful session, in particular, for three of the organization's most intriguing young arms.

Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and Luis Heredia -- all of whom signed with the Pirates during a four-day span in August -- headed to Bradenton, Fla., in mid-September to get their first substantial taste of professional baseball.

The primary objective for the three right-handers, as well as the rest of the organization's participating Minor League players, was to have specific areas of development targeted and addressed with individual instruction.

"All three have had productive instructional leagues," said Kyle Stark, the Pirates' director of player development. "All three have lived up to expectations and made the most of camp to this point."

Taillon and Allie were the Pirates' top two picks in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The pair spent a few weeks observing the Pirates' short-season Class A State College affiliate after agreeing to multi-million-dollar signing bonuses. Then, they left for Florida to continue with their introduction to the organization's staff.

"Taillon, who had been exposed to significant structure, discipline and teaching before we signed him, has embraced the opportunity to learn from this type of camp," Stark said. "Allie, who as a conversion guy had not been exposed to as much, has really taken to the things we have thrown at him as well."

When instructional league ends, both players will follow a traditional offseason program in which they will not begin throwing again until January.

As for Heredia, he will depart Florida soon and head to the Dominican Republic, where he will continue throwing at the instructional league program there. The decision to have Heredia, who was signed as a 16-year-old out of Mexico, keep throwing this winter was dictated by the fact that he hadn't logged that many innings earlier this year.

As for Heredia's time in Florida, Stark added: "Heredia, as a young 16-year-old, has fit in, which says something for someone so young."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.