Contributor "icanhazplayoffs?" stated as a comment in the "Jameson Taillon" post that "it sure as heck is a pick Dave Littlefield would have NEVER made, and that makes it completely okay by me". I could not more whole heartedly agree with that statement. The Pittsburgh fan-base is horribly scarred by the Littlefield era to the extent that they do not recognize a potential phenom when they see one. The Pittsburgh people are scarred by the string of useless Littlefield first round selections, from the no.1 overall pick that was to be a good 3rd of 4th starter in Bullington to the infamous last straw pick of Moskos (Moskos is doing quite well right now as a reliever, however a solid closer is not ever worth the 4th overall pick; like taking a kicker in the first round in football).
Like everyone else here I would not have shed a tear for Taillon if we would have selected Machado instead. Machado is a great player at a position we sorely need help in, shortstop. But an ACE pitcher has been sorely needed for the 17 (or is 18 now, i lost track) years of the Pirate's Jew-like desert wandering promised land march. The Pirates will never get an Ace through a trade unless they would like to package McCutchen and Alvarez in a deal to sell their soul. They clearly do not have the money to scoop one up off free agency; that leaves one route toward the elusive ace, the draft.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS: While Dave Littlefield did leave a burning heap of useless first round pitchers; this is not a Littlefield-like pick, Taillon has far more upside and could potentially be a Moses the Pirates desperately need. One thing however is clear; he will not be merely a solid no.3 or 4 rotation pitcher. Pittsburgh do not be scarred by the stupidity of the past; this is the correct proper route to take.