Ben Taylor Pitcher

     
 

Born: November 12, 1992
Montgomery, AL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 7th round, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: South Alabama
High School: Brewbaker Technology Magnet (AL)

Photo © Dave Letizi

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Claimed off waivers by Cleveland (February 2017)

Physical Description: Right-hander with a solid pitcherís frame but limited remaining projection. Strong lower half.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Stands on the first base side of the rubber. Utilizes a full wind-up and medium leg kick. Rocks back before coming forward. Delivery has some drop and drive in it. Starts hunched over and has a compact delivery with short arm action. Slight arm hook behind. Some front-side deception.

Fastball: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Heavy pitch that shows arm-side run and finish. Ball jumps on hitters. Takes a few pitches to get loose. Above-average control, throws strikes and works around the zone. Average command profile. Potential above-average offering if increased velocity since move to bullpen sticks.

Slider: 81-83 mph. Short, vertical break. Lacks tilt. Fringe-average potential.

Changeup: 81-83 mph. Has fade, but throws with inconsistent arm speed. Fringe-average potential.

Career Notes: Moved to the bullpen during the 2016 season.

Summation: Has the potential to develop into a sixth-inning relief option if fastball gains from moving to the bullpen hold. Doesnít have a true put-away secondary option, and slider and changeup lack separation. Strong command and control profile and three-pitch mix could play in bullpen role, especially given Taylorís ability to limit hard contact.

 
   
  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2014  South Alabama  NCAA Coll --- 21 3 5 0.375 5.54 16 2 1 37.3 39 28 23 0 20 48 1.58 2.40 11.57
  2015 South Alabama NCAA Coll --- 22 6 3 0.667 1.48 25 0 7 42.7 26 8 7 2 13 68 0.91 5.23 14.34
  2015 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 22 0 0 --- 1.80 4 0 0 10.0 8 2 2 0 2 17 1.00 8.50 15.30
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 0 2 0.000 3.40 10 10 0 45.0 43 23 17 2 15 37 1.29 2.47 7.40
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 23 0 2 0.000 2.60 15 3 45.0 35 14 13 0 10 56 1.00 5.60 11.20
  2016 Portland EL AA Bos 23 1 0 1.000 3.44 21 0 5 34.0 28 13 13 4 12 42 1.18 3.50 11.12
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 24 0 0 --- 0.00 2 0 0 2.3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.86 1.00 3.86
  2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 0 0 --- 0.00 2 0 0 2.1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.86 1.00 3.86
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 0 0 --- 2.70 12 0 2 13.1 7 4 4 2 5 12 0.90 2.40 8.10
  2018 Columbus IL AAA Cle 25 7 2 0.778 2.51 46 0 11 57.3 42 17 16 5 9 70 0.89 7.78 10.99
  2018 Cleveland AL MLB Cle 25 0 0 --- 6.00 6 0 0 6.0 6 4 4 2 1 8 1.17 8.00 12.00
  2019 Reno PCL AAA Ari 26 3 4 0.429 5.63 46 0 4 56.0 66 39 35 15 26 70 1.64 2.69 11.25
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract
: June 17, 2015 by Danny Watkins
Signing Bonus: $10,000
MiLB Debut: June 26, 2015 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man:-
MLB Debut:
April 7, 2017 (Boston)
     
  Awards
Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month (May 2016)
SoxProspects.com Awards
2016 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2017 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
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