Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach) back with the Mariners. He had opened the season on the DL, then optioned back to AAA. He batted .313 in 21 games with the Rainiers.
Taylor batted .287 in 47 games in 2014 with the Mariners.
In recent years, the Commonwealth of Virginia had really emerged as a goldmine of baseball talent. Justin Upton, Justin Verlander, Michael Cuddyer, Javier Lopez, Ryan Zimmerman, just some of the top talent in major league baseball today. But these are guys getting older, several of whom are well past the age of 30.
Despite that, some new talent emerged from the Old Dominion in 2014. In the friendly confines of Wrigley Field in Chicago, the lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs are still trying to find a winning formula to their first pennant since 1955. They appeared to have found a good, reliable bullpen righty arm in the form of Neil Ramirez (Virginia Beach). Ramirez, acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal, made his major league debut on April 25th against the Brewers. He would pitch scoreless ball in his first 4 appearances for the Cubs, and overall in his first 17 appearances allowed only a solo homerun to White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham. This put his ERA at 0.60 before the rest of baseball started to figure him out a bit. He would return to AAA for a respite at the end of July, but was back up for good in August, and finished the season with a 1.44 ERA and 16 holds in 50 appearances for the Cubs. Ramirez will hit Opening Day 2015 at the age of 25.
In Cleveland, the Indians called up a young lefty reliever on May 16th, and after a shuttle back and forth to AAA, Kyle Crockett (Poquoson) emerged as a dependable arm out of the Tribe’s bullpen. In 43 total relief appearances, Crockett posted a 4-1 record, and an outstanding 1.80 ERA. After his first three major league appearances in May, his ERA was 2.08. It climbed them to a high of 2.89 on June 24th. Crockett’s next 17 games were all scoreless relief, and his ERA did not climb above 2 the rest of the season. His work in the Indians pen was a key to the Indians staying in contention for the better part of the season, as they finished 85-77 and only 5 games out of first place in the AL Central division. On Opening Day 2015, Crockett will only be 23.
In the Pacific Northwest, SS Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach) made his major league debut for the Mariners on July 24th at home against the Orioles, and got a base hit in his debut. He would hit safely in his first 12 major league games where he played the entire time. His exploits truly helped put a jolt into the Mariners offense and helped catapult Seattle into playoff contention, where they stayed until the last day of the season. He finished with a .287 batting average, a .347 on base percentage, and 9 RBIs in 47 games. He will hit Opening Day 2015 at the ripe age of 24.
Neil Ramirez. Kyle Crockett. Chris Taylor. The latest in a string of talent to go to the major leagues. The latest heroes that Virginians can call their own.
Mariners SS Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach) kept on rolling Sunday. He went 2-2, scoring two runs, and has raised his batting average up to .400.
The Seattle Mariners are on fire right now and have thrust themselves into the race for the playoffs. They now sit only a half game out of the last AL Wild Card thanks to a hot stretch in which they have won 7 of their last 10 games. While most of the attention may be focused on big name Mariners like Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, one key cog in the Mariners offense comes right out of the Old Dominion.
Ever since being called up by the Mariners, rookie SS Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach) has helped rejuvinate the Ms offense. Last night, against the White Sox, Taylor had a career high three hits, sending his batting average soaring to .385. He also has hit safely in every game he has started since being called up.
On July 24th, the Mariners called up top prospect SS Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach) and he made his major league debut that night, going 1-3 in a 4-0 loss to the Orioles at home.
Now that he has 10 games in the major leagues, how is he doing so far?
He is batting .367 through his first 10 games in the major leagues. He has hit safely in 8 of his 10 games-in fact, the only games where he has not hit safely have been the two games where he came in as a late pinch-hitter and had one at-bat in each game!
In his 30 at-bats, he has 11 hits, and 4 of them are for extra bases. He has driven in 3 runs so far, and his on-base percentage is .394.
Chris Taylor seems to be doing well and is helping with an offense that is keeping the Mariners in the playoff picture.
It has been a fabulous 2014 season already for Seattle Mariners 23-yr old rookie SS Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach).
Taylor, who turns 24 at the end of this month, was a 2012 Mariners draft choice. This year, he was hitting .328, good for second in the entire Pacific Coast League, and that earned him a spot on the PCL all-star team. In addition, he was the PCL AAA All-star Game MVP. He got the call on July 24th and reported to Seattle for his major league debut, vs. Baltimore. This young man has taken off since!!!
In 5 games in the major leagues, he is batting .353, having hit safely in 4 of those 5 games. (In fact, the only game where he did not hit safely was his second game when he only had one official AB as a pinch-hitter.) He got a base hit to center in his major league debut. His third major league game saw him get his first extra base hit and first major league run batted in.
I think it is safe to say that Taylor might be in the bigs for good. Virginia is emerging as a hotbed of baseball talent, and Taylor is the latest to prove so.
Mariners SS Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach) had two hits yesterday, including his first extra base hit. It was a 2nd inning double that also got him his first RBI in the big leagues.
Taylor is now hitting .375 since the Mariners called him up.