Q&A with Scott Taylor

Right-handed pitcher and fifth-round 2005 draft pick Scott Taylor got the call up from Extended Spring Training to Peoria and made his Midwest League debut in a start with the Class A team on Monday.

Drafted from Hermitage High School in Virginia a season ago at age 18, Taylor quickly signed with the Cubs and made a combined eight starts between the Arizona Rookie League in Mesa and short-season Low A Boise.

We caught up with the busy, highly touted pitching prospect shortly after his promotion to Peoria from Extended Spring Training and asked him these few questions.

Inside The Ivy: What was your main focus down in ‘Extended' prior to the call-up?

Scott Taylor: I was just working on my secondary pitches – my curveball and changeup. Pretty much just fine-tuning a couple of things and waiting on my turn, you know.

Inside The Ivy: Give us a brief refresher on your arsenal.

Scott Taylor: Low 90s fastball, usually between 89 and 93 mph, a curveball and a changeup.

Inside The Ivy: How would you rate your first year in the organization last season?

Scott Taylor: I think it went really well. I had my ups and downs of course. Going into this year, I have a better understanding of what everything is about and an idea of what they expect of me. In the off-season, I had a better idea of what I needed to focus on in preparation for this year.

Inside The Ivy: Such as?

Scott Taylor: As far as my pitching approach, it was more about getting a better idea of how to set guys up. In high school, I could blow the fastball by a lot of people. Coming out here and pitching in professional baseball, you have to get a better idea of how to set guys up and really work in all of your pitches.

Inside The Ivy: What do you make of all the comparisons to major league pitchers that people your age often get?

Scott Taylor: I'd like to think I'm a Roger Clemens or Curt Schilling type of guy. I think my body and my frame is pretty much the same as there's is. Hopefully one day I can have the same [stuff] as they have.

Inside The Ivy: Going back to your first season again, did everything meet your expectations?

Scott Taylor: When you're in high school, you get so caught up in the draft or with going to college that you don't really think about what it's going to be like if you do get signed. Your main thought is always, ‘Well, let me get drafted first,' and then get on the plane.

Some things were what I expected; some weren't. The Cubs organization doesn't draft a lot of kids my age, so it took a while to make friends. I was fortunate for [Mark] Pawelek and Dylan [Johnston], who were about the same age as I am.

Steve Holley is the publisher of Inside The Ivy. In addition to his work for Scout.com, he also covers Nicholls State University athletics for the Tri-Parish Times in southeast Louisiana. E-mail Steve at staff@insidetheivy.com.

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