Josh Taylor Boston Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 27
Born: March 2, 1993
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Height: 6-5
Weight: 245
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: Traded from Arizona for Deven Marrero (May 2018)
College: Georgia College & State U.
High School: Centennial (AZ)
   

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Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: August 12, 2014 (PHI)
Signing Scout: Steve Noworyta
Signing Bonus: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: July 17, 2017 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2018 (BOS)
MLB Debut: August 14, 2014 (GCL)
Service Time (1/21): 1 year, 121 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2019)
Contract (2021): ~League Minimum
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @josh_taylor20

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Tall, filled-out pitcher's frame. No remaining projection. Sturdy lower half.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Delivery has considerable effort and a lot of moving parts. Starts in the stretch on the first base side. Uses a high leg kick and short arm action. Delivery is on the stiff side and lands hard before falling off.

Fastball: 94-96 mph. Pitch lacks movement. Average life. Below-average control at present.

Cutter: 88-90 mph. Short, horizontal break.

Curveball: 79-81 mph. Short, vertical break.

  Changeup: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Phillies in 2014, traded to Arizona for international bonus pool money in July 2015. Primarily worked as a starter through mid-2017, at which point he converted to the bullpen. Acquired by Boston as the player to be named later in the Deven Marrero. Participated in 2018 Fall Instructional League. Missed the first month of the 2020 season with COVID-19, and missed the season's final two weeks with left shoulder tendinitis.

Summation: Profiles as an up-and-down reliever with the ceiling of a mainstay middle reliever. Has intriguing raw stuff, but hasn't fully put it together yet. Fastball command and control need refinement, as do his secondary offerings.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2013 Scottsdale CC ACCAC NJCAA --- 20 6 3 3.93 15 12 0 66.1 66 42 29 0 0 27 72 1.40 3.66 2.44
  2014 Georgia College & State Peach NCAA --- 21 7 4 5.62 16 15 0 83.1 119 68 52 5 3 41 57 1.92 4.43 3.00
  2014 GCL Phillies GCL Rk Phi 21 2 0 0.00 3 0 0 9.1 5 0 0 0 0 4 13 0.96 3.86 5.40
  2015 Lakewood BlueClaws SAL A Phi 22 4 5 4.61 13 13 0 68.1 71 38 35 6 0 24 70 1.39 3.16 2.52
  2015 Kane County Cougars Midw A Ari 22 4 3 3.20 11 11 0 59.0 73 29 21 2 0 20 53 1.58 3.05 4.05
  2016 Visalia Rawhide Cal A+ Ari 23 2 7 5.65 15 13 0 78.0 105 57 49 7 4 24 77 1.65 2.77 2.23
  2016 Mobile BayBears Sou AA Ari 23 3 4 4.94 11 11 0 54.2 63 32 30 4 1 18 46 1.48 2.96 2.77
  2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Ariz Rk Ari 24 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.00 6.75
  2017 Jackson Generals Sou AA Ari 24 4 7 5.01 33 14 1 97.0 115 59 54 7 1 46 91 1.66 4.27 3.28
  2018 Visalia Rawhide Calif A+ Ari 25 1 2 2.81 14 0 5 16.0 16 9 5 1 0 5 20 1.31 2.81 4.07
  2018 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 25 2 5 3.79 33 0 8 35.2 42 18 15 1 5 18 37 1.68 4.54 3.09
  2018 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 25 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.50 0.00 9.00
  2019 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26 1 1 2.70 20 0 3 23.1 18 9 7 2 1 11 32 1.24 4.24 2.61
  2019 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 26 2 2 3.04 52 1 0 47.1 40 17 16 5 2 16 62 1.18 3.04 2.54
  2020 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 27 1 1 9.82 8 0 0 7.1 7 8 8 2 1 5 7 1.64 6.14 3.07
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
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