Now, the 21-year-old didn’t actually participate in the national title run for the Tigers due to being out all year after Tommy John surgery. So, this is another would shoulda coulda stretch pick from the White Sox.
Taylor was ranked as the No. 102 draft prospect on MLB Pipeline.
He is said to be able to touch 99 mph with his fastball, with great downhill angle — but then, that was before he had major reconstructive arm surgery.
High ride mid-90s fastball with a ton of backspin & an absolute hammer of a curveball at LSU in 2022 - spin rates in the 2600-2800 range.— Luke Smailes (@lukesmailes4) July 10, 2023
Needs to improve control, and of course get healthy. Likely saving some money here. https://t.co/L7zwymp8H6
Congratulations @GrantTay27 - Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Week! Taylor pitched 6 innings vs. the YD Red Sox on 7/12 and struck out 12 batters while surrendering just one run on four hits, with no walks. He has a 2.14 ERA this summer and 30 Ks over 21 IP. #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/p33zO7h2M7— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) July 19, 2022
The Chicago White Sox have selected RHP Grant Taylor. Missed the entire 2023 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but was the most impressive arm I saw last summer on the Cape. FB sat in the 93-95 mph range and showed a plus CB. Starter’s pitch mix. pic.twitter.com/4GbBMpcM44— Peter Flaherty III (@PeterGFlaherty) July 10, 2023
There is a chance Taylor could be employed straight away/permanently out of the bullpen, but if the White Sox spent the 51st pick in a loaded 2023 draft on a speculative reliever coming off of TJS, heads gotta roll.
Grant Taylor’s Baseball Cube Talent Ratings
vs. Power 58
Team Winning Pct. .538
The White Sox are finished picking tonight. They have the No. 84 overall pick in the third round on Monday. Rapid-fire drafting gets underway at 1 p.m. CT, with the first White Sox pick coming in around 1:15. Brett Ballantini, Darren Black and Tommy Barbee will have your draft profiles.