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Mets acquire LHP Blake Taylor from Pirates as PTBNL for Ike Davis

By Danny Abriano

The Mets announced Sunday that they will be receiving LHP Blake Taylor from the Pirates as the player to be named later in the Ike Davis trade.

Feb 13, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; A freshly painted logo adorns at wall at Pirate City before the Pittsburgh Pirates first spring training workout. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

It was reported as the time of the trade that it wouldn’t be Zack Thornton who was the key to the deal – rather that the player to be named later was the key – and that turned out to be the case.

Taylor, 18, was Pittsburgh’s second-round selection (51st overall) in the 2013 Draft.

In 21 innings pitched spanning eight games (seven starts) for the GCL Pirates in 2013, Taylor posted a 2.57 ERA.

Taylor will report to the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Here’s a scouting report on Taylor:

"Taylor has a good fastball with the frame to add velocity and one day sit in the low-to-mid 90s. He has the makings of a plus curveball to pair with that fastball. He’s going to need work on his fastball command and changeup…If he can improve in those two areas, he’s got the upside to at least be a middle of the rotation starter."


It was suggested in this space on April 19 that the PTBNL for Ike Davis would likely be either Taylor, JaCoby Jones, or Cody Dickson.

It turned out to be Taylor, who is a very good return for the Mets.

Taylor is a legitimate prospect with solid upside, and will be added to the Mets stable of young pitching.