Former Crusader Inks Professional Contract
Tigerville, SC - Former Crusader baseball standout Adam Taylor has signed a free agent contract with the Gary Railcats of the American Association.
The Railcats, based in Gary, IN, recently won the 2013 American Association Championship with a 58-41 regular season record and a 3-1 series victory over the Wichita Wingnuts in the title series.
The American Association is one of the great names in the history of professional baseball leagues in the United States. The first American Association was formed in 1902 as an independent minor league for the larger cities in the midwestern area of the U.S. and for the next half century the league was arguably the most influential minor league in all of baseball. Great players such as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and more starred in league ballparks.
Taylor will be one of six outfielders on the Railcats’ roster after having an impressive season that saw him honored as a member of the Conference Carolinas First Team All-Conference, Daktronics All-Southeast Region Second Team, ABCA All-Southeast Region Second Team and NCBWA All-Southeast Region Third Team in 2012-13.
In 2013, Taylor recorded a team-high .392 batting average and a .485 on-base percentage in 45 games played. He totaled 67 hits on the season, including 10 doubles, five triples and five home runs, while scoring 41 runs and driving in 29 RBI.
After bursting on the national scene as freshman and earning NCCAA World Series MVP honors in leading the Crusaders to a National Championship, Taylor finished his career with a batting average of .373 with 293 hits, including 56 doubles, 11 triples and 26 home runs. Taylor drove in 182 RBI while scoring 188 runs of his own. He also totaled 80 walks in his career to record an on-base percentage of .437, also stealing 28 bases and being hit by a pitch 35 times.
The Laurens, SC native holds numerous single season and career records including the single season (214 in 2009-10) and career (801) at-bats, single season hits (86 in 2010-11), single season (5 in 20010-11 and 202-13) and career (11) triples, 10 career runs scored (188), and single season RBI (70 in 2009-10).
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