Taylor building upon breakout season in Augusta

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC (1) / RIC (2) / SJ / AUG

Surely heading to prospect lists in the near future is former Dallas Baptist pitcher Cory Taylor, who threw another quality game for the Augusta GreenJackets on Wednesday evening. His last five starts have produced a 1.69 ERA and 1.063 WHIP, including a 30/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. On Wednesday night, Taylor pitched six scoreless innings before surrendering a run on a couple hits to start the seventh. Still, his line was mighty impressive, as all of them have been over this five-start stretch. He allowed just the one hit on six hits and one walk while striking out five. 

Here's footage of Taylor from minor league camp back in March, where he displayed two types of fastballs, in the 88-93 range, and two types of breaking balls — a slider and a curveball. It should be fun to see if Taylor can keep this streak going, and whether or not the 22-year-old might find himself out of the South Atlantic League, where he is fourth in ERA (1.94), and into the California League to bolster the San Jose Giants' second-half run.

OTHER NOTES

— The night was good to the GreenJackets offensively, too, with the team racking up 15 hits as each player contributed with at least one base knock. Seth Harrison had a three-hit night, while Matt Winn hit his fifth home run of the season for the team's only extra-base hit. Lucius Fox had two singles and his 13th stolen base of the year.

Jordan Johnson did not make his scheduled start for San Jose, with Jose Reyes taking his place for the evening. The missed outing comes a week after Johnson had his worst start of the year, only lasting an inning while allowing six runs on four hits and three walks.

Ryder Jones took a hanging breaking ball and sent it into the seats for a three-run shot, his fifth of the season. Jones' numbers have taken the usual Eastern League dip, with one improvement being his 15 percent strikeout rate, which is three percent lower than 2015 in San Jose.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 2-for-6
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Phil Bickford: DNP
  4. Lucius Fox: 2-for-5, R, SB
  5. Chris Shaw: 0-for-4
  6. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  7. Mac Williamson: DNP
  8. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  9. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  10. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  11. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  12. Jalen Miller: DNP
  13. Ray Black: DNP
  14. Chase Johnson: DNP
  15. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  16. Steven Okert: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  17. Kyle Crick: DNP
  18. Jarrett Parker: DNP
  19. Hunter Cole: 2-for-5, R, BB, SO
  20. Austin Slater: 1-for-5, BB, 2 SO
  21. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  22. Michael Santos: DNP
  23. Ty Blach: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  24. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  25. Mac Marshall: DNP
  26. Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-4, R, RBI, SO
  27. Chris Stratton: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Jake Smith: DNP
  30. Dylan Davis: DNP

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