Another guy that was invited to Mets Spring Training this year is Right-hander Taylor, a senior sign who has been rising through the ranks of the Mets farm with not much fanfare, but there should be some interest when we see him this spring.
RHP Corey Taylor (College Stats)
R/R, 5’11”, 245 LBS, 1/8/1993 (24), Signed for 20K Round 7, 2015, 209th overall out of Texas Tech University.
A Senior-sign in 2015 to save some draft pool space out of the seventh round to get some upside Left-handed Pitchers later in the draft, Taylor has some interesting talent to him nonetheless. Taylor is a big guy at 5’11” 245 pounds, which makes people wonder if he’s going to be a starter sometime moving forwards. He likely isn’t since the Mets never switched him, and his mechanics are relatively geared to be a reliever with a max-effort delivery.
That doesn’t matter as he’s been pretty dominant as a reliever, posting a career 1.77 ERA between Brooklyn and Hi-A St. Lucie, and then was sent to the Arizona Fall League this past October, where he pitched 9 games (14 innings) to the tune of a 1.93 ERA and struck out 17.
Taylor throws at a high-three quarter slot and hurls a heavy fastball with some sinking action that comes in anywhere from 92-94 miles per hour, and gets as high as 96. Reports out of the Arizona Fall League also showed that his slider was looking good and sitting in the 86-88 mile per hour range, and likely become faster once Dan Warthen gets some work in with him. Exclusively a two-pitch pitcher, it’s worked for him, and he’s dominated so far with it. After Spring Training, Taylor figures to go to Binghamton for his next step in the ladder and rumble with the Rumble Ponies.
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