Pitch grips with new Cubs starter Jameson Taillon
The Cubs made a splash this offseason in several areas of their roster by signing key free agents. With the rotation, that splash came in the form of right-hander Jameson Taillon.
Marquee Sports Network’s Joe Girardi and Rick Sutcliffe caught up with Taillon recently and the veteran starter explained why the Cubs were the right fit for him.
“A lot of different reasons,” Taillon said on “Cubs 360.” “The Cubs came to me with a pretty cool list of things like, ‘hey, we know you’re good, we like who you are as a pitcher but we think we can challenge you and if you’re on board, we can help you take your game to the next level.’
“For me, that’s music to my ears. I never want to be a finished product.”
Taillon also explained how his dad helped prepare him for making big pitches in big situations and how playing in the bright lights of New York helped him grow.
This spring, Taillon is working to get in sync with his new catchers (Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart) and has also adopted a new pitch — a sweeping slider.
He showed Sutcliffe and Girardi all of his pitch grips for his vast repertoire:
—Spike curveball (with the exact same grip he’s used since he was a kid)
—A circle changeup
Check out the video above for the full conversation and pitch grip demonstration with Taillon.