New Pitch Grip Bringing Promising Results For Cubs Offseason Signing

He's expressed a desire to improve his slider in the past due to underwhelming results.

As a result, when Jameson Taillon entered free agency he had his interest piqued when the Chicago Cubs were in talks with him and presented him with a new grip concept that could potentially suit his arm slot better.

During the winter, Taillon reportedly worked on perfecting the new grip with the aim of creating a more sweeping action.
The next step is to test the pitch in-game and see how it complements his overall repertoire. According to Taillon, the early results have been encouraging, and he said, "I'm excited to break it out in games and see how it fares, but metrically, I'm pretty encouraged by it."

The thirty-one-year-old had a nice season last year, recorded a 3.91 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, with 151 strikeouts over 177.1 innings and 32 starts with the New York Yankees.

While he already boasts excellent control, the addition of a new pitch that generates more strikeouts is a very intriguing update.

Taillon recently signed a four-year, $68 million deal with the Cubs this winter. Photo Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports