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  1. just curious… when you refer to clean arm action, what is that code for? is that a visual feel thing, a mechanics thing, something else?

    who is a major leaguer who is a good example of good arm action vs bad arm action?

    Comment by jcxy — July 13, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

  2. Thanks for the write-up, Kiley. Good stuff all around.

    Comment by CabreraDeath — July 13, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  3. this is a bit of a name drop, but for what it’s worth: I sat behind the plate at the futures game and got to talking with a scoutting director (it was an awesome experience for me) who wasn’t impressed with Taillon at all and thought he was vastly overrated – didn’t get into specifics as to the reason(s) but thought I’d share.

    Comment by d_i — July 13, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  4. Good: Felix Hernandez
    Bad: Todd Van Poppel
    Delicious: Juevos Rancheros

    Comment by Dongcopter — July 13, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  5. Why was the scouting director there? Is it possible he was sandbagging a prospect he was trying desperately to get?

    Comment by byron — July 13, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  6. I would assume to scout prospects. Perhaps, but I don’t know why he’d feel the need to do that with a random fan – it’s not like I work for the Pirates. He was pretty up-front with me about a lot of things and I took him at his word.

    Comment by d_i — July 13, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  7. He’s been a MLB body for a while now, and I think it’s going to take facing stronger competition to get a better feel for what he is. That’s certainly a quality of his that people tend to drool over while kind of overlooking his pitching flaws.

    If a scout is saying something like that about a player like him at this stage of his career, it sounds to me like there’s some sort of bias getting in the way. In the end, Taillon could become a Billingsley-like disappointment, but there’s still plenty to be impressed with.

    Comment by baty — July 13, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  8. Any word on why he doesn’t currently use a cutter? I guess they want him to keep trying the changeup, and if he ends up scrapping it he’d go with a cutter and/or two seamer for a movement variety vs. a speed variety?

    Comment by DD — July 13, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  9. If we only all could!

    Comment by John — July 13, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  10. I would take that scouts comment with a grain of salt. Taillon is a better prospect than Cole and Heredia maybe better than either of them. Heredia is 2-3 years younger that players he goes up against at State College.

    Comment by joel — July 13, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  11. anyone who needs convincing about taillon’s stuff? just look at that last curveball, 2:30. http://www.maxpreps.com/video/watch.aspx#!videoid=b41ad0a1-8fe0-40a3-9437-4f5e36feedfd

    Comment by henry — July 13, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  12. that link goes to football highlights

    Comment by cs3 — July 13, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

  13. Bundy also throws a cutter, which they are apparently not letting him throw this year, but he might in the future?

    Comment by Kyle H — July 14, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  14. This makes him sound like A.J. Burnett to me, or at least that’s who he could become.

    Comment by Stine — July 16, 2012 @ 12:24 am

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