Prospect Notebook: Taillon Doesn’t Have His Best Stuff; Pimentel Will Start

Jameson Taillon didn't have his best stuff today.

Jameson Taillon didn’t have his best stuff today.

Jameson Taillon made his first start in minor league camp since being sent down. The last time the right-hander threw was in the World Baseball Classic. John Dreker described the game, noting that Taillon had good overall numbers, but was hit pretty hard. That was the case today.

Taillon threw three innings this afternoon, and had his usual stuff. The fastball was 92-97 MPH, with the two-seam fastball coming on the low end of that scale. He only threw one changeup, and threw a handful of curveballs. He was leaving the four-seam fastball up in the zone, and the ball was being hit hard, but the right-hander managed to avoid any issues. Taillon had good movement on the two-seam fastball, and seemed to be throwing the pitch a lot after the first inning.

In his first inning he only needed seven pitches, although one of those was a hard hit ball right to the left fielder. He needed 13 pitches in the second inning, including a strikeout looking on a very nice curveball against the leadoff batter. He was more up in the zone in the second, and had one pitch that was hit hard and one hopped the wall, but went foul.

Taillon ran into control problems in the third inning. With a runner on first, the right-hander issued two straight walks. He gave up a single through the hole past a diving Gift Ngoepe at short, which brought in two runs. The inning was rolled with Taillon at 22 pitches, ending his day.

 

Pimentel Will Be a Starter

Today was the first time I had a chance to see Stolmy Pimentel pitch a real game. I use that disclaimer because I’ve seen Pimentel throw this Spring, but it came against Spain, and that was hardly a challenge. The right-hander went three innings this afternoon in the Double-A game, giving up a run on two hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.

The thing that stood out to me was Pimentel’s slider. The right-hander started throwing the pitch in late 2011. The pitch was a little rough in 2012, which was his first full season throwing it. After the outing today, Pimentel said the pitch was feeling better this year. It definitely looked better. He was throwing the pitch in the 80-85 MPH range, and got a few strikeouts on the pitch. It’s got some nice break, almost to the point where it looks like a hard curveball. He was mostly 82-84 with the slider, but threw one at 85 MPH to get a strikeout.

His fastball started off around 89-91 MPH, but quickly moved up to 91-93 in his first inning of work. In his second inning he was topping out at 94 MPH, hitting that number a few times. The pitch has some nice late arm-side run. A few right-handed batters were turning on the pitch, hitting some hard shots down the third base line. The two hits allowed both were hard grounders to third, with one of them going right over the bag. There were also two foul balls which were hit pretty hard down the third base line. I’m not sure if this is because batters are getting a good early look at the pitch, or if it was just coincidental.

I spoke with Larry Broadway after the outing to get a feel for where Pimentel will start off this year. Broadway mentioned that Pimentel will be a starting pitcher. The right-hander was optioned to Triple-A, but Broadway said that’s not necessarily where he’ll start the season.

 

Other Notes

**There weren’t a lot of prospects to watch today. A.J. Burnett threw five innings in the Triple-A game. Garrett Jones and Travis Snider were rotating between the two games taking at-bats. They both had six at-bats. I was also talking to Jones and Burnett after they came off the field, then Pimentel and Broadway, so I didn’t watch much of the later innings.

**Tony Sanchez had an opposite field home run, which was helped by the wind blowing out to right. The catcher also showed off his defense, blocking a few balls in the dirt on a day when A.J. Burnett didn’t have a good curveball.

**Matt Hague had a nice double, going downstairs to get a curveball, and pulling it into left field.

Tim Williams

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • http://twitter.com/beatembuccos21 beatembuccos21

    You used the phrase ‘the right-hander’ three times to describe Taillon and three times to describe Pimental. You also used it three times to describe AJ in a previous entry. We get it – they are right handed. Having that phrase used with such repetition makes the entry difficult to read. Read Dreker’s piece about Wandy. He referred to his handedness only once and that’s the exact right number of times it should be referenced per story.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll remember that the next time I’m trying to write three articles in an hour, grab my first thing to eat all day before rushing home to pick up the Annual shipment that arrived today before the mail room closes. Oh yeah, I’ve also got to get all of those shipped, plus I’ve got plans to meet up with someone tonight. Then there’s the First Pitch article I’ve got to write tonight, and the two stories I’ve got to prepare for tomorrow morning.

      But yeah, I’ll definitely make it a top priority to cut down on using “the right-hander” to just once per story. Because that’s the most important thing I’ve been doing all day. If you’d like your money back for the articles you read, let me know.

      • http://twitter.com/beatembuccos21 beatembuccos21

        I wasn’t trying to be a jerk. So, my apologies since it obviously came off that way. I’m also sorry for your job-related stress.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          I don’t mind the stress. In fact, stress isn’t a word I’d use to describe many parts of my job, since I just watch baseball and write about it. I also don’t mind if you’re pointing out something that actually matters. But this doesn’t matter. Maybe you find it annoying, but it’s a free site. I’m worried more about the information. This has nothing to do with that.

    • https://profiles.google.com/106508220943703406151 Kevin Anstrom

      I don’t understand your point. Are you making up this rule?

      • http://twitter.com/beatembuccos21 beatembuccos21

        If you are referring to frequent use of the same phrase, then I wouldn’t say its a rule. I would say it is something that most writers strive to reduce when possible. I’d say redundancies in a short piece of prose is a form of semantic satiation. I’d say such over use wouldn’t pass by the eye of a prof or an editor. A google search yielded a numerous entries on the topic. This was the first one I clicked on and it is solid:

        http://www.writingforward.com/better-writing/improve-your-writing-by-eliminating-redundancies.

        I especially like this quote from that page: “There‚Äôs nothing wrong with cluttered writing as long as we unclutter it before putting it in front of readers.”

        I think in this case, Tim’s schedule likely prevented him from thoroughly re-reading what he had written. The result was the use of the phrase ‘the right-hander’ six times in eight paragraphs. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk in pointing this out. But since he isn’t an aspiring writer, Tim isn’t concerned about it and that’s his call to make.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          My stance is that I’d much rather put the resources this site has into collecting information. We have an editing process on the site. It catches most stuff. If this is the type of stuff it misses, I can live with that. I’m not going to pay someone to edit articles to catch every possible mistake, mostly because I’d rather pay writers to provide reports and information.

          One of my favorite sites is the Huffington Post. It’s an extremely successful independent media outlet, and sold for a ton of money. Yet I see small mistakes on there all the time, and they’re to the point where they can easily afford editors. I see mistakes in local and national papers. So as long as the mistakes here are of this minor variety, I’m fine. I’m not going to strive to be perfect in that area when outlets who have editors are making the same mistakes. I just don’t think it’s a big deal. The majority of people who read this site overlook that small stuff, and focus on the information, which is more important.

          • http://www.facebook.com/azibuck Andy Zibuck

            I don’t care. much. But I agree with the first poster, and think your replies come off as hypersensitive. Blogs like yours and BD are so good, I think we (grammar Nazis, of a sort) unconsciously expect editing on the level of Old Media. But you’re absolutely right, and I’d rather you focus on getting the info out. You write well enough. But maybe you could have just responded with the point and left out the woe-is-me story. See, now I guess I’m the dick for saying that. I’m just saying, a short, to the point reply would have sufficed, and diffused this whole thread, which devolved into bashing despite repeated apologies from the dude. Perhaps even with some humor.

            “Pirates Prospects is more concerned with disseminating interesting information in a timely manner, and less concerned with elements of style.” You could stop there. Or go with a more full explanation like, “I’m sorry you found this distracting. We strive to write well, but without an editor and in the interest of time, many of our articles will have minor misstatements or things like this. I’m just glad I didn’t identify him as a lefthander. Now that would have been bad!”

            • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

              I’m fine with the response I gave. If it was anyone else, I probably wouldn’t have responded at all. But I know who this particular poster is. He’s been acting as the unofficial editor/fact checker/ombudsman of the site for several months now. So he got a sarcastic comment in return about how little of a priority his complaint was.

    • https://profiles.google.com/107500598404660809214 Kerry Writtenhouse

      I didn’t even notice that he did it. When you’re used to reading baseball articles, you get used to reading “righty” or “lefty.” I think you came across as harsh and pointing it out in the comments was tacky to say the least. An email would have been a much better way to go.

  • buster09

    beb21 : ” It makes the entry difficult to read ” ????? Whatsamatta ? Did that phrase distract you from the subject ? I’ve heard of nit picking,but that about tops it.

    • http://twitter.com/beatembuccos21 beatembuccos21

      It wasn’t my intent to nitpick, but rather to point out something that comes across poorly when its being read (and I didn’t mean it to be jerky). It didn’t distract me from understanding the point of story at all. He used the same phrase six times in a stretch of eight paragraphs. An aspiring writer would get red marks from a professor for this type of submission.

      • esd4

        But the professor doesn’t realize that the aspiring writer also had to eat lunch and get the mail in addition to writing those eight paragraphs. Plus, the aspiring writer has plans later. And it’s not like the professor had to pay to read those eight paragraphs, so he should just give the guy an A+.

        • esd4

          Sorry. I wish I could delete this comment. It does absolutely nothing to make the world a better place. If I wanted to try to make the world a better place, I would simply say, “I too get distracted by some of the poor writing on the site, and the quality of the writing is one of the things that prevents me from buying the Prospect Guide. Maybe an editor would be a good investment,” without getting snarky about it. My apologies to everyone, and especially Tim. (Is there a way to delete comments?)

          • https://profiles.google.com/106508220943703406151 Kevin Anstrom

            ESD4: Would you be able to provide an edited version of this article? I’d like to see the comparison.

      • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

        Good thing I’m not an aspiring writer. And good thing I was a business major, so I didn’t have to cafe about English professors. I had one for gen ed. The complaint I got? Stop writing about sports all the time.

  • esd4

    Tim, when you say Taillon threw a handful of sliders, did you mean curveballs? or has he really begun throwing the slider again? I was upset when the team took it away from him, but if you’re going to take it away you probably shouldn’t give it back until he masters the change, which he’s still a long way away on.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Curveballs. Wrote that right after the Pimentel write up.

      • https://profiles.google.com/106508220943703406151 Kevin Anstrom

        Tim- did you see any of the young pitchers throwing live BP today? I was very impressed by Grullen’s size and velocity.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          I watched Angel Sanchez for a bit today. I saw Grullon back during instructs.

  • burghdood

    That’s the third time you mentioned the six references to “right hander” in four comments!! This is so distracting that I can’t take it anymore!!!!!