A few choice quotes about the Pirates prospect:
The 2012 season has been a mixed bag for the right-hander. He started off dominant. In his first seven starts, Taillon combined to give up six runs in 36.2 innings, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. But Taillon then went on a rough stretch. Over his next six starts, the right hander was hit hard, giving up 28 earned runs in 31 innings.
Since the rough stretch he has posted a 2.98 ERA in 57.1 innings, with a 36:20 K/BB ratio in ten starts. He’s had a few rough outings mixed in, including the July 25th start, and he’s not putting up the dominant strikeout numbers you’d expect from a top prospect. "I thought it was kind of funny looking back, because I honestly, I feel better now through this rough stretch that I had, than I did back then as far as just delivery, off-speed stuff," Taillon said of the difference between his first seven starts and now. "My off-speed stuff felt like it’s been really good throughout the summer. And back then I really felt like I was a one pitch pitcher, going at guys with my fastball. My curveball wasn’t feeling good early in the year. I kind of just threw it in the bag early in starts. Lately I’ve been using everything, just throwing it all for a strike."
"Not looking at the numbers, it's been a big year for me just development wise," Taillon said. "I've got three pitches that I throw for a strike. I've got confidence in all three, and now my [changeup has] come a long way. My curveballs are good, my fastball command has been good. It's been an interesting year. I've gotten hit. I've also had my outings where I went seven shutout. So it's just been about learning consistency."
We'll see soon enough -- his first start for Altoona occurs 8.20 -- if Taillon has made the adjustments he needed to make.