BRADENTON, Fla. - The Triple-A and Double-A teams were at Pirate City this afternoon, and Jameson Taillon took the mound for his first start since being cut from big league camp. Taillon threw three innings, giving up no runs on just two singles, and striking out a few batters in the process. He looked great once again, showing the same thing that I saw last year before his hernia surgery.
Taillon was sitting 93-96 MPH with his fastball, throwing the pitch with an easy delivery, and getting it down in the zone. This is something he couldn't do several years ago, before his Tommy John surgery. His curveball was the usual plus offering, and the way he was sequencing the pitches today was excellent, dropping the curve in early for strikes on a few occasions.
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