Q&A with Jeff Taylor

Vermont Lake Monsters' relief pitcher, Jeff Taylor has a lot going for him. With a 6-foot-9 frame and a heavy sinking fastball, many scouts see a bright future for the big righty. CapitolDugout.com recently caught up with Taylor for a Q&A session. (Free Preview!)

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CapitolDugout.com: First of all, Jeff, what are your overall thoughts on your 2006 season thus far?

Jeff Taylor: We're starting to play better right now, but at the beginning of the season, we really weren't playing that well. We've really been able to turn a lot of things around lately and we're playing a lot better baseball in the second part of the season.

CapitolDugout.com: On a personal level, how do you feel about your individual performance on the mound this season?

Jeff Taylor: I've been throwing the ball pretty well I think. I started off pretty well and after a bad outing, I've been pretty good of late also. But, as long as I'm able to help this team and we're getting those wins, that's really all I care about right now.

CapitolDugout.com: If you would, please take us through your repertoire.

Jeff Taylor: I throw a sinker, that's about 88-89 MPH. I also throw a slider that's about 78-79 MPH. And, I throw a changeup that's usually about 75-76 MPH.

CapitolDugout.com: What do you feel has been the most significant overall improvement you have made so far this season?

Jeff Taylor: I think just the command of my fastball and my sinker has been the biggest improvement. Also, being able to throw my fastball inside has helped a lot too. I'm able to put the ball where I want to throw it most of the time.

CapitolDugout.com: Looking ahead to your remaining appearances this season, what are you looking to accomplish in those games?

Jeff Taylor: I just want to go out and keep my team in the ballgame at this point. As a reliever, that's all I really need to do. I just have to go out there and get people out and do my job.

CapitolDugout.com: What do you feel is the attribute that you have that separates you from other pitchers?

Jeff Taylor: I'm tall, so that helps. And, my sinker has really been good so I really tend to get a lot of groundball outs when I'm at my best.

CapitolDugout.com: What pitcher at the big league level do you think you compare most favorably to or is there someone you have modeled yourself after?

Jeff Taylor: Guys like Chris Young I think I'm pretty similar to. You know, any of the bigger guys out there. Anyone who's pretty big and throws a sinker ball is a guy I'm probably a lot like. And, those are the types of guys that I'm wanting to look at.

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\r\nCapitolDugout.com: First of all, Jeff, what are your overall thoughts on your 2006 season thus far?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: We're starting to play better right now, but at the beginning of the season, we really weren't playing that well. We've really been able to turn a lot of things around lately and we're playing a lot better baseball in the second part of the season.\r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: On a personal level, how do you feel about your individual performance on the mound this season?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I've been throwing the ball pretty well I think. I started off pretty well and after a bad outing, I've been pretty good of late also. But, as long as I'm able to help this team and we're getting those wins, that's really all I care about right now.\r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: If you would, please take us through your repertoire.\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I throw a sinker, that's about 88-89 MPH. I also throw a slider that's about 78-79 MPH. And, I throw a changeup that's usually about 75-76 MPH.\r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: What do you feel has been the most significant overall improvement you have made so far this season?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I think just the command of my fastball and my sinker has been the biggest improvement. Also, being able to throw my fastball inside has helped a lot too. I'm able to put the ball where I want to throw it most of the time.\r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: Looking ahead to your remaining appearances this season, what are you looking to accomplish in those games?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I just want to go out and keep my team in the ballgame at this point. As a reliever, that's all I really need to do. I just have to go out there and get people out and do my job. \r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: What do you feel is the attribute that you have that separates you from other pitchers?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I'm tall, so that helps. And, my sinker has really been good so I really tend to get a lot of groundball outs when I'm at my best. \r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: What pitcher at the big league level do you think you compare most favorably to or is there someone you have modeled yourself after?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: Guys like Chris Young I think I'm pretty similar to. You know, any of the bigger guys out there. Anyone who's pretty big and throws a sinker ball is a guy I'm probably a lot like. And, those are the types of guys that I'm wanting to look at.\r\n
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\r\nJeff Taylor: We're starting to play better right now, but at the beginning of the season, we really weren't playing that well. We've really been able to turn a lot of things around lately and we're playing a lot better baseball in the second part of the season.\r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: On a personal level, how do you feel about your individual performance on the mound this season?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I've been throwing the ball pretty well I think. I started off pretty well and after a bad outing, I've been pretty good of late also. But, as long as I'm able to help this team and we're getting those wins, that's really all I care about right now.\r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: If you would, please take us through your repertoire.\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I throw a sinker, that's about 88-89 MPH. I also throw a slider that's about 78-79 MPH. And, I throw a changeup that's usually about 75-76 MPH.\r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: What do you feel has been the most significant overall improvement you have made so far this season?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I think just the command of my fastball and my sinker has been the biggest improvement. Also, being able to throw my fastball inside has helped a lot too. I'm able to put the ball where I want to throw it most of the time.\r\n

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\r\nJeff Taylor: I just want to go out and keep my team in the ballgame at this point. As a reliever, that's all I really need to do. I just have to go out there and get people out and do my job. \r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: What do you feel is the attribute that you have that separates you from other pitchers?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: I'm tall, so that helps. And, my sinker has really been good so I really tend to get a lot of groundball outs when I'm at my best. \r\n

\r\nCapitolDugout.com: What pitcher at the big league level do you think you compare most favorably to or is there someone you have modeled yourself after?\r\n

\r\nJeff Taylor: Guys like Chris Young I think I'm pretty similar to. You know, any of the bigger guys out there. Anyone who's pretty big and throws a sinker ball is a guy I'm probably a lot like. And, those are the types of guys that I'm wanting to look at.\r\n
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