PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Indianapolis Indians manager Dean Treanor joined “The Fan Morning Show” on Wednesday to talk about Jameson Taillon as he prepares to make his major league debut against the Mets tonight.
Treanor said he was very proud of the way that Taillon committed himself to continuing his development during the two seasons he missed due to injury.
“You have to give this guy a lot of credit for being down so long, battling through those injuries,” Treanor said. “He’s better than what he was [before he got hurt].”
Like a bottle of fine wine, Taillon used his time on the shelf to age and improve.
“His mentality is good,” Treanor said. “His approach is good. He has a great idea on the mound as to what he wants to do. He controls the game, he controls the counts, he knows what his put-away pitch is, and he knows how to mix…The maturity process is probably the most impressive thing about him.”
That growth process made Taillon a leader for the Triple-A Indians, and Treanor said that he has risen head and shoulders above his peers.
“You look at some of the other names here, some of the other young players here, he stands out,” Treanor said. “He’s on our leadership council here in Indianapolis, and that was a players’ vote, so the players even recognize what this guy brings and the presence about him.”
Taillon is extremely motivated to prove himself, and will do just about anything to show that he belongs.
“One of the first questions he asked Butch Wynegar, our hitting coach, was what should my approach be against (Noah) Syndergaard today?” Treanor said. “He’s going into this the way you should, with a lot of determination, and he wants to obviously make a good impression, and to, I think, validate all the expectations that have been put on him.”
The interview can be heard here: