New Cubs Pitcher Trying to Improve Arsenal
For MLB players, Spring Training is a good time to hone the things they've been working on all winter. For hitters, that might mean a new batting stance or a revised leg kick. For pitchers, that could be a new pitch they've been tinkering with.
New Chicago Cubs pitcher Jameson Taillon is bringing a new pitch into camp, which he hopes to add to his repertoire this year.
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Early reports out of Spring Training indicate that Taillon is working on adding a slider to his arsenal. This is a significant development for the 31-year-old right-hander, who's hoping it can be another put-away pitch for him against opposing hitters.
Cubs fans have to be encouraged that Taillon is still looking to improve his game after signing a four-year, $68 million contract with them in the offseason. Some players stop working as hard once they get their big payday, but thankfully that doesn't appear to be the case with Taillon.
The tall righty is coming off one of his best seasons after going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP for the New York Yankees last year. If he's able to control his slider and use it effectively, he could be even better in 2023.