Most of the baseball world spent Sunday was fawning over Shohei Ohtani, and the reaction was understandable. Ohtani was electric over 7.0 one-hit innings against the A’s. He’s a party, easily the best story in baseball.
But, just for the record, he was not the only guy who pitched an absolute gem on Sunday afternoon.
Jameson Taillon spun a one-hit shutout against the Reds, striking out seven batters and earning his second win of the season. As of this writing, Taillon is actually the top pitcher in the year-to-date Yahoo fantasy ranks. He was entirely in control against Cincinnati, navigating the first six frames on just 64 pitches, coaxing plenty of weak groundouts. Check the highlights right here. Eighty of his 110 total pitches were either two-seam or four-seam fastballs, which he throws in the mid-to-high 90s. Taillon also happened to drive in the game’s first run, because pretty much everything was going his way.
Taillon is less than a year removed from cancer treatment, so he’s a great story for a variety of reasons. He was a consensus top-20 prospect back in the day, but his development was interrupted by Tommy John surgery in 2014 and a hernia procedure the following season. He’s still only 26 years old, and he entered the season as an obvious breakout candidate. If you own him, hold tight — and if you don’t have any shares, consider buying high. Taillon will get Miami, Philadelphia and Detroit in his next three starts, so the good times are likely to continue.