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Taillon works on his craft



Pirates Prospects has an informative article on Jameson Taillon and the work he's doing to correct a flaw in his game, namely, his propensity to leave the ball up in the hitting zone.

A highlight:

The bulk of Taillon’s work over the off-season was with a focus on being more athletic in his delivery.

"I’ve got a good arm, my arm works," Taillon said. "We’re just figuring out ways to help me get to my backside, and stay tall. I’m not sitting as much as I used to, and that’s starting to become a lot more comfortable."

The right-hander has what is known as a drop and drive delivery. He will take a big step to the mound, then his back knee will drop down, followed by his delivery to the plate. There are critics of the delivery. One issue is that it causes pitchers to elevate the ball. That’s been a problem for Taillon in the past. He was hit harder in high school than a guy with a 99 MPH fastball and a major league curveball should be hit. Last year in West Virginia he gave up an 8.6 H/9 ratio and a 0.9 HR/9 ratio.

It's good to see a top prospect working to improve his game.

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