By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 9, 2010
Jameson Taillon was reportedly throwing 97 in his first high school outing, just about what you would expect from the right-hander at this stage and akin to the velocity he was producing in this video.
Taillon’s got as much raw fastball power as any of the top right-handed pitching prospects in recent seasons. As far as the raw power grade goes, he’s up there, and that’s why he’s got such a high fastball grade.
There are two schools of thoughts for a pitcher like this. One is to be in love with the raw power, the big arm, the hard slider, and the big body. The other is to exercise caution. It’s OK to love Taillon’s power arm, but he will need work as a pro. Among the things to work on in the coming years are balance and coordination, which will have a direct bearing on fastball command and how hittable or not-hittable his velocity will become at the major league level.
As a pitcher with such a large body, he has to learn how to corral a lot of working parts. How long that takes is anyone’s guess, which makes projection a little tougher. Baseball history is littered with taller pitchers who took a few years to feel things out. He’ll get every chance to solve it, and frankly, he should. I would say he lacks the overall polish and scope of stuff and command that Dylan Covey possesses in California. I would also say Florida’s A.J. Cole has the looser body, but I prefer Taillon’s arm action to Cole’s. Of these three pitches, I would rank Covey’s arm speed as the best.