Only two players were picked before Manny Machado went to the Orioles with the third pick of the 2010 draft.
One was Bryce Harper, who was the first overall pick to the Nationals. The other was Jameson Taillon, who the Pirates selected out of The Woodlands High School in Texas at No. 2.
“I was drafted in a position where a lot was expected of me and to this point, I never felt like I got to show it in Pittsburgh,’’ Taillon said on a zoom call Monday, a day after the Yankees acquired the right-hander from the Pirates in exchange for four prospects.
“But on the flip side, I feel like I’m at a point where I’m ready to prove that promise and contribute to a winning team.”
The Yankees are banking on it, as they added Taillon to their rotation despite a career plagued by injury — which led the 29-year-old to alter his mechanics following a second Tommy John surgery in 2019.
Taillon is 29-24 with a 3.67 ERA overall, and was 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 2018 — his last full season in the majors.
“From the moment I was awake in that hospital bed, I felt like I was healthy,’’ Taillon said. “I felt I was fixed. From the physical…