Thursday, June 9, 2011

Johnathan Taylor Gets Drafted

Big ups to the Texas Rangers. Yesterday, in the 33rd round of the amateur baseball draft (MLB draft), the Rangers selected UGA outfielder Johnathan Taylor, who -- as most of you know by now -- suffered a devastating spinal injury this past season. The Rangers' director of amateur scouting, Kip Fagg (he he), had this to say about Taylor:

"He's a great kid and he's going through a terrible time in his life and we thought this would be something to uplift him..."

The Rangers also selected UGA outfielder, Zach Cone, with the 37th overall pick in the draft. Cone and Taylor have been very close friends, so -- as I said above -- kudos to the Rangers for this move. And by all accounts, had Taylor not been injured, he would have been a legitimate pro prospect. It should also be noted that the Houston Astros did a similar act, drafting recently paralyzed San Jacinto College reliever Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round.

Meanwhile, Taylor is still rehabbing from his injury. He still does not have movement in his lower body but is "showing signs of improvement" according to the above Schlabach article.

Here are all of the current Bulldogs that were drafted (this is not counting the 11 incoming recruits that also got drafted):

Zach Cone, OF, Texas, 1st Round Compensation, 37th overall
Cecil Tanner, RHP, Oakland, 23rd Round, 706th overall
Michael Palazzone, RHP, 24th Round, 731st overall
Johnathan Taylor, OF, Texas, 33rd Round, 1,014th overall
Tyler Maloof, RHP, Cleveland, 34th Round, 1,028th overall
Peter Verdin, OF, Washington, 39th Round, 1,177th overall
Chase Davidson, OF, Houston, 41st Round, 1,240th overall

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