By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Former Georgia College Baseball lefthander Josh Taylor continues his professional campaign after being invited to the 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training.
Coming into Spring Training, Taylor was ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the Diamondbacks system. His current scouting report features three pitches that he can command including a mid-90's fastball from the left side.
Taylor has made one appearance in Spring Training so far. He closed the door on the Texas Rangers in two scoreless innings of work, striking out two and only allowing one baserunner who, reached on a walk, to secure the win for the D-Backs.
The southpaw threw significant innings last season for two different minor league organizations. He threw 54 2/3 innings for the Mobile Bay Bears and 78 innings for the Visalia Rawhide, totaling 132 2/3 innings pitched. He finished his 2016 campaign with a 5-11 record, 5.36 ERA and 123 punch-outs.
After a productive 2016 campaign in the minors, he continued his success in the Arizona Fall League for the Salt River Rafters. Taylor served his role as a starting pitcher quite well for the Rafters, making a total of six starts while tossing a team-high 22 2/3 innings. His first summer in the Fall League consisted of an overall record of 1-0 with an ERA of 3.57, 20 strikeouts and just five walks.
Taylor spent just one year in the blue and green, recording a 7-4 record while tossing 83 1/3 innings with a 5.62 and fanning 57 batters.
Be on the lookout for Taylor and the Diamondbacks this spring, their next game will be against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m.
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