Tahnaj Thomas has always been a wildcard type of prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Armed with one of the best fastballs in the system, his upside seemed tremendous when he was acquired from Cleveland in 2018. He was also new to pitching so the raw potential was also there.
Thomas has struggled to adapt to the mound, mainly with his control, and going into 2021 made the shift to the bullpen to give his fastball a better chance to play.
It seemed like an easy solution, with Thomas capable of reaching 100 mph. His fastball is perfect for a reliever role, but with his struggles with control, has had to dial it back in order to command it.
Now with losing some of the velocity, there is more pressure to develop his secondary pitches, since he couldn’t rely on overpowering hitters with his ...
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