On July 25th, Jameson Taillon took the mound on the road in St. Lucie. The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. It was an unimpressive stat line, which has been an alarming trend for the top pitching prospect this season. I spoke to Bradenton Marauders pitching coach Mike Steele the day after the start, and his response was a bit surprising.
"It was his best outing of the year," Steele said of the start. "Sound crazy to you?"
Yeah, it did sound a bit crazy. There was a silver lining to the start. Taillon did strike out six batters in six innings, which is one of the few times recently that he's struck out a batter an inning. But it's hard to see how that start was the best of the year for Taillon at the time, just looking at the numbers. But Steele was looking beyond the numbers.
"His failure was actually because of his decisions," Steele said. "And that is like a win in and of itself, because he went ou...
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