• Full name Brayden Kerry Taylor
  • Born 05/22/2002 in West Jordan, UT
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 180 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Texas Christian
  • Drafted in the 1st round (19th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2023 (signed for $3,877,600).
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    School: Texas Christian Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    BA Grade:55/High
    Tools:Hit: 60. Power: 50. Run: 50. Field: 50. Arm: 50.

    Taylor possesses one of the most keen batting eyes in the 2023 draft class, and is a savvy hitter with plenty of contact ability and on-base skill. He’s been one of the most productive hitters in the Big 12 throughout his three-year career with Texas Christian and after a slow start in 2023, finished hot offensively and slashed .308/.430/.631 with a career-best 23 home runs in his junior draft season. The carrying tool with Taylor is his approach and swing decisions. He has a career 18.6% walk rate and 16.4% strikeout rate, and in 2023 chased out of the zone just 20% of the time, but he’s also not just a passive hitter who’s looking to draw walks. Taylor knows which pitches he can do damage on, knows the strike zone better than most umpires and he’s comfortable hitting behind in the count—which allows him to be selective and also optimize the power he has. Taylor is a skinny third baseman with a 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame and he has just solid-average raw power and modest exit velocities, but he creates excellent angles off the bat, consistently backspins the ball and has plenty of pull-side pop. Taylor has just average secondary tools, and should be a fine defender at either third base or second base at the next level, with reliable hands and average arm strength. He’s a solid runner but has plus baserunning instincts with a 97.4% (38-for-39) stolen base success rate.

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Career Transactions

  • Bowling Green Hot Rods activated SS Brayden Taylor.
  • SS Brayden Taylor assigned to Bowling Green Hot Rods.
  • SS Brayden Taylor assigned to FCL Rays.
  • Tampa Bay Rays signed SS Brayden Taylor.
  • 3B Brayden Taylor assigned to TCU Horned Frogs.

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