The White Sox’s run on pitchers continued in the sixth round, as they selected Ole Miss reliever Taylor Broadway with the 185th pick in the MLB Draft.
The 24-year-old righty stands 5´11´´ and 205 pounds, and became one of the top relief arms in the nation as a senior. He originally attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, but pitched the last three seasons for Ole Miss.
He set a program record with 16 saves in 2021, as he owned a 3.44 ERA, 1.107 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 49 2⁄3 innings. Broadway held opponents to a .242 batting average, though did allow four home runs. It’s worth noting that Arizona scored six runs in a NCAA Super Regional game, which was his last appearance of the season, inflating his ERA. He was the Rebels’ unquestioned go-to reliever, with his 30 appearances being the second-most in a single season in program history. In 2020, he allowed one earned run in 16 innings (0.56 ERA).
Taylor Broadway, Filthy Breaking Ball and Sword. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/bxuTiBHHyZ— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 7, 2021
Broadway’s standout season earned him All-American honors by multiple publications, including to the First Team by the NCBWA.
His fastball sits around 91-95 mph, but can reach as high as 97 mph. He has the potential to move quickly through the White Sox minor league system. Broadway is also known for showing emotion on the mound, so another theatrical reliever could join the bullpen next to Liam Hendriks.
Broadway was not ranked on MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 big board. He was ranked No. 368 by Baseball America. The No. 185 draft slot is tagged with a $261,600 bonus.
Fun fact: His dad, Danny, was a professional bowler.