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.
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.
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.
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?
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.