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Taylor Mark Tankersley

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Taylor Tankersley was a first-round draft pick of the Florida Marlins in the 2004 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Dave Dangler and made his pro debut that summer.

In his major league debut versus the Colorado Rockies, he combined with Ricky Nolasco in pitching a shutout. Tankersley pitched the final inning giving up one hit and striking out one batter in a Marlins 13-0 win.

Tankersley has an unusual pitching motion that sees him bend his right leg in the air as he steps towards the batter; his right foot is perpendicular to the ground for a second, before he rights it and steps forward. The hitch is most visible when he is pitching with the bases empty, although it also occurs when he is performing a slide-step motion with runners on base.

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