Logan Taylor towers over some of his teammates, standing at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds. His stature and his mindset allow him to have great power on the mound.
"I throw a fastball, curveball, and changeup, mostly," Taylor said, "and I throw a cutter sometimes. When I'm on the mound, I just try to go after hitters and attack as much as possible. My goal is to try and be as perfect and as good as I can be every time out."
Marc Valdez, the Cyclones' pitching coach, elaborated on Taylor's abilities.
"He throws a 95 mph fastball, two-seamer, and a curveball, slider, change," Valdez noted. "His curveball is his better pitch for an out-pitch and he's pitching every fourth /fifth day for an inning or two."
Throughout the season, he has allowed for only two earned runs and averages more than one strikeout per inning pitched with a 1.04 ERA. He credits these successes to his hard work on and off the field. Additionally, his mentality and knowledge of the game are what he considers strengths.
"I like to attack hitters," Taylor explained, "and I understand that a hitter's gonna fail and I'm going to fail sometimes and I've got to let it go. Sometimes a hitter will hit and you just have to let them go when they do."
Valdez and Rich Donnelly, Cyclones Manager, believe that his consistency and skill have helped the Cyclones out in many ways.
"He's been very, very good for us and he's been consistent and he's aggressive," Valdez said. "He aggressive and he attacks the hitters - he's got no fears whatsoever."
"He has learned to command his fastball," Donnelly noted. "Hopefully he can continue to do that for the rest of the season and next year."
Taylor recognizes his strengths on the mound, as well as his weaknesses. Valdez explains what they have been working on in order to improve his game.
"Throwing strikes consistently," Taylor said, "is something I've been working on and sometimes my control can be a weakness, but I work on it."
"We've been working on a lot of extension and dry-work on the mound," Valdez noted, "where he doesn't have a ball. He just gets over his front leg so he can get the ball down because he's already 6-foot-5 — he's a big boy. That creates some downward angle and it's harder for hitters to pick that up."
Both Donnelly and Valdez see great potential from Taylor. They hope that he will try to start or pitch out of the bullpen again next year.
"Taylor is great as a reliever," Donnelly said, "because he goes in for an inning or two and does exactly what he needs to do."
"For the rest of the season, he's going to continue throwing every fourth/fifth day," Valdez said, "come in late in the game, and give us a quality inning or two if we need it. As for next year, we want him to try to start or we want him to be in a bullpen situation on a full-season club again."
As far as his own personal goals, Taylor refuses to let his dreams of making the big leagues fall by the wayside.
"Being able to play pro-ball has been amazing," Taylor said. "That's been the highlight of my career, just being able to play. I want to make it to the big leagues, obviously that's the goal, but as for next season, I'll be wherever they want me to be."
Taylor Pitching Without Fear
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