TAMPA, Fla. - Nick Kingham has been following Jameson Taillon's path back from Tommy John surgery. He worked out with him in the offseason, and has been trying to replicate what Taillon did in 2016, with an attempt to make the majors in the second half of the 2017 season. There may be another way that Kingham will follow Taillon's path that goes beyond training.
One of the biggest changes for Taillon last year was a switch to using his two-seam fastball as his primary pitch. He had a two-seamer in high school, but the Pirates took it away to get him focusing on commanding the fastball. He got it back when he got to Double-A, and then realized last year that the pitch was his best fastball. It had similar velocity, and more movement, plus he was able to command it.
Kingham is starting...
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