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Taylor Guerrieri

#44 | RHP
Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays
Taylor Guerrieri
Name: Christopher Taylor Guerrieri
Born: Dec 1, 1992 in Columbia, S.C. USA
High School: Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (24th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 (signed for $1,600,000)
Guerrieri will be one of the toughest calls for clubs in the first round. He has one of the draft's best arms, and among preps he ranks behind only Oklahomans Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley in pure stuff. Guerrieri has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with long arms, coat-hanger shoulders and present strength. Getting his "man strength," to use the scouting term, has allowed him to maintain his delivery better, and his stuff has improved as a result. At his best, Guerrieri's fastball touches 98 mph and sits in the 93-96 range. He throws his curveball with power as well at 80-83 mph. He flashes a changeup and a cutter in side sessions but rarely uses them in games. Like most high school pitchers, his velocity can vary from start to start, but he still sits 91-93 on his off days. His athleticism and strength allow him to repeat his delivery well, though his command is a question. A South Carolina signee, Guerrieri could go in the first 10 picks if teams are sold on his makeup, but many are not. He's on his second high school thanks to off-field incidents at North Augusta (S.C.) High, and scouts continue to research his decision-making.
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