3 underrated pitcher signings the Chicago Cubs made this winter
3 underrated signings - 2. Jameson Taillon
Like Boxberger before him, Jameson Taillon has had success in Wrigley Field. He has amassed a 2.25 ERA, albeit in a small sample size of 20.0 innings. 2022 was interesting for Taillon because he had a season in which he appeared to be a reverse-splits guy, allowing lines of .253/.276/.437 against right-handed hitters and .235/.292/.420 to lefties. It will be necessary for Taillon to continue being a workhorse, as he recorded 177.1 innings in 2022, the second most in his career after hurling 191 in 2018.
It will be interesting to see how the Cubs pitching staff looks to tweak anything in Taillon's repertoire. Looking at the basics, Taillon threw his slider and curveball at 18.81% and 14.82% clips with solid success. With the slider, he allowed a line of .233/.247/.440, whereas with his curve, his line against was .168/.189/.228, so a few more curveballs are warranted. Mixing up the pitch percentages is always an excellent way to make teams throw any data from years past out the window, especially when you have a six-pitch mix like Taillon.