Comments on: Prospect Watch: Taillon Goes Six Innings Again, Third Homer in Four Days For Garcia http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/prospect-watch-taillon-goes-six-innings-again-third-homer-in-four-days-for-garcia.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:39:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 By: Kevin_Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/prospect-watch-taillon-goes-six-innings-again-third-homer-in-four-days-for-garcia.html#comment-14765 Sat, 05 May 2012 16:55:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30222#comment-14765 Taillon does have a plus-plus curveball.  I’m just saying that his success with it at AA will not be as pronounced as it is right now.  There is a better class of hitters, in general, at AA.

As for the walk rates of Cole and Taillon, the numbers don’t always tell the whole story.  Control is the raw number of BB/9 and being able to throw pitches for strikes.  Command is being able to locate those pitches wherever you want them in the zone.

From watching them in ST, plus listening to the games, and reading the reports, Cole’s ‘command’ is better.  His issue right now is overthrowing the ball and elevating it, but when he is right his location is better at the moment than Taillon.

Again, it’s really splitting hairs as both are pitching extremely well right now.

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By: szielinski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/prospect-watch-taillon-goes-six-innings-again-third-homer-in-four-days-for-garcia.html#comment-14762 Sat, 05 May 2012 15:45:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30222#comment-14762 “I just think that Cole is more suited to AA success right now than
Taillon would be.  Cole’s FB is 98, Taillon 95 — both are fantastic
with good movement, but Taillon’s command of it is not as strong.”

Taillon’s BB/9 rate is 1.8. Cole’s is 2.7.

“Taillon’s CB will just embarass hitters in the A levels, but he may
not be as dominating with it at AA.  Cole’s CU is better than Taillon’s
at this point.”

I recall reading a scout claiming that Taillon may have the best curveball in baseball. In other words, he may have the best curveball when compared to every professional pitcher. I doubt that AA hitters will pine for the day they can face Taillon.

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By: Kevin_Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/prospect-watch-taillon-goes-six-innings-again-third-homer-in-four-days-for-garcia.html#comment-14761 Sat, 05 May 2012 15:18:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30222#comment-14761 Keeping in mind that I think both are fantastic and on track to be 1-2 in the Pirates’ rotation for years…I still think Cole is pitching better so far.  Sounds strange, with the numbers that Taillon is putting up.

I just think that Cole is more suited to AA success right now than Taillon would be.  Cole’s FB is 98, Taillon 95 — both are fantastic with good movement, but Taillon’s command of it is not as strong.

Taillon’s CB will just embarass hitters in the A levels, but he may not be as dominating with it at AA.  Cole’s CU is better than Taillon’s at this point.

Here’s hoping that Cole can come out and dominate again tonight.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/prospect-watch-taillon-goes-six-innings-again-third-homer-in-four-days-for-garcia.html#comment-14753 Sat, 05 May 2012 12:09:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30222#comment-14753  Agree….same thing with Cole. So far, it appears JT is out pitching Cole?

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By: Kevin_Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/prospect-watch-taillon-goes-six-innings-again-third-homer-in-four-days-for-garcia.html#comment-14748 Sat, 05 May 2012 10:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30222#comment-14748 It’s at the point now with Taillon that when I looked at his line last night, I thought “Eh…pretty good” when in actuality that was a very, very good stat line.  Taillon has set the bar so high in the early part of this season.

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