Bulldogs Aim To Continue Winning Streak Versus Tech
UGA Career Batting Average of .312 in 117 games with 91 starts and ranks seventh in school history with 36 stolen bases.
2011 (Junior): Selected in the 33rd round by the Texas Rangers in the 2011 MLB Draft
*Appeared in 11 games with 10 starts (5-CF, 5-LF) before sustaining a serious neck injury in an outfield collision with teammate Zach Cone in a game against #5 Florida State on March 6; Had neck surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens to stabilize his spine; On March 11, transferred to Shepherd Center in Atlanta; On May 24, graduated from in-patient care to the "Day Program" at Shepherd Center where he continues his recovery
*Joined teammates in the dugout for Georgia's 6-4 win over No. 9 Georgia Tech at Turner Field in Atlanta on April 26 and the SEC Tournament semifinal games against #3 Florida on May 28 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
*Notched game-winning RBI in 2-1 victory over #5 Florida State in Athens on March 5th, delivering a sacrifice fly in the 7th inning following a leadoff triple by Peter Verdin
2010 (Sophomore): Played in all 53 games including 50 starts (38-LF, 12-CF) *Batted .335 with 29 RBI including .327 with 12 RBI in SEC action *Hit .500 over the final 13 games, going 28-for-56 to raise final batting average by 64 points *Posted a .983 fielding percentage and ended the year playing mostly centerfield *Led team with a .442 on base percentage including a team-high 31 walks *Career-high four RBI, going 2-for-5 in season opening win over Baylor in Waco, Texas *Excellent tournament showing in Waco, Texas, batted .357 (5-for-14) with six walks and seven RBI in four games against Baylor and Duke *Hit .400 (4-for-10) with three walks and two RBI in series at #6 Florida State *Went 4-for-5 with two runs scored against Western Carolina on April 28 *Batted .500 (5-for-10) with a triple and two RBI in series at #4 Florida *Career-best 5-for-5 performance with four runs scored and three RBI against Kentucky on May 21 *Sizzling season-ending series against Kentucky, batted .733 (11-for-15) with eight runs scored and four RBI *Went 12-for-20 in stolen base attempts *Named to the UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll
2009 (Freshman): *Played in 53 games with 31 starts (28-LF, 3-CF), batting .309 with 10 RBI *Had 23 stolen bases in 27 attempts, seventh on Georgia's single season stolen bases chart *Went 2-for-3 with a run scored vs. #10 Georgia Tech on April 14 *Went 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs and three stolen bases vs. Quinnipiac on March 6 *Reached base safely 20 times in 26 attempts to start the season *Had 14 hits in first seven games of the season, and was batting .531 after 10 games *Hit .462 (6-for-13) and scored seven runs in the Arizona series *Named SEC Freshman of the Week after batting 8-for-10 with a double, triple and five RBI in the Youngstown State series to start the season *One of five freshmen who started on opening day
High School: *A graduate of North Cobb where he played for Tom Callahan *Earned four varsity baseball letters and one football letter, member of football team that was ranked as high as number one in the state *Led the Warriors to a 23-13 record and the AAAAA state final four, batting .378 with 25 stolen bases as a senior *Hit .426 and led the county with 35 stolen bases as a junior as team went 17-11 *Participated in Perfect Game Showcase and clocked as one of the fastest players *A three-time MVP of the East Cobb summer baseball program and part of teams that won numerous national titles
Personal: *Born March 21, 1990 *Son of John and Tandra Taylor *Major: Pre-Business