Mets 2015 Draft: 7th Round Pick (#209) Corey Taylor | Astromets Mind

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mets 2015 Draft: 7th Round Pick (#209) Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor

RHP, 22, 6'1", Texas Tech

He was Born to Play - from March

A thick 6-foot-1, 250-pound righthander with an above-average 91-95 mph fastball, Taylor had a dominating senior year, going 4-0, 0.31 with a pair of saves. Taylor keeps the ball in the park and is a senior sign with some ability who projects as a reliever.
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Astro reaction

A second straight under-slot candidate, and another pitcher last-named Taylor for the Mets system (joining Logan and Blake), I'm intrigued with this pick. He's a big dude, but was a multi-sport athlete, so he's probably more athletic than he looks. Also, while conditioning and physical shape are important for all positions in the minors, relief pitchers can get away with more weight than others. If the Mets plan to use him out of the pen for good starting this year, then I wouldn't be surprised to see him start the season with Savannah, or at least be promoted there by August (assuming success with Brooklyn) - no point in holding him back to relieve. Personally, I prefer to see the more interesting arms start in the minors until they prove they can't go through a lineup multiple times. Send Taylor to Barwis in the offseason and see if he can add any stamina to the 95 MPH heater, because the relief role will always be there.

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