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Jameson Taillon’s Delivery Shows That Prospects Don’t Develop Overnight

Jameson Taillon’s Delivery Shows That Prospects Don’t Develop Overnight

In 2011 I was in West Virginia for Jameson Taillon's pro debut. It was raining that night, which had a lot of scouts in the tight confines of the Appalachian Power Park press box. I was talking with an AL scout about Taillon in anticipation of his debut. This particular scout had seen Taillon pitch before, and had an opinion that stood out to me.

"He's never going to be able to throw fastballs at the knees."

Jameson Taillon, during his pro debut with West Virginia in 2011.

The reason for that proclamation was Taillon's drop and drive delivery. A drop and drive delivery is where a pitcher drops his back knee toward the mound before he pushes forward and throws the pitch. The drop puts more stress on the arm, forcing the arm to do more of the work with the pitch, rather than the bod...

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