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Indy Leagues: Remember Reggie Taylor?

June 1, 2010 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Reggie Taylor was last in the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays.
After flaming out in organized ball, Reggie Taylor spent parts of three seasons in Mexico.

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I last checked in on the Indy Leagues, but I came across an item last week that jumped out at me.

Remember Reggie Taylor? The Phillies’ first round pick (14th overall) back in 1995 was one of their top prospects through the late-’90s into the early 2000s. He did wind up playing 260 big league games for Philly, Cincy and Tampa Bay, putting up 14 homers and 21 steals with a .231 BA and 655 OPS.

Speed was his ticket to the Show – Taylor swiped 40 bags at High-A in 1997, but a lack of patience doomed him – he drew 28 walks against 163 strikeouts in the Show and, even in the minors, his OBP rarely careened above .300.

By 2006, he found himself in Indy Ball and over the next four years, bounced around between the Indy Leagues, the Mexican League and about a third of a season back in organized ball with the Braves Triple-A club.

Now 33, Taylor is back with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League, the same team he turned in an All-Star performance for in 2006. Signed last week, Taylor has wasn’t no time in making an impact, going 4-for-9 in his first two games. He’s probably too old at this point to ever make it back to the majors, but who the hell knows? If nothing else, it’s always nice to keep tabs on former top prospects.

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Indy League Watch

May 13, 2010 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
Every year around this time, we like to scan the rosters of Independent League teams and marvel at some of the names that pop up. It’s always fascinating to see which ex-major leaguers are hanging on, or which tough to sign prospect has opted for Indy ball before he finally inks a deal with the major league organization that drafted him.
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Indy Ball Roundup

May 25, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Every season around this time of year, I find it fascinating to see some of the ex-big leaguers and failed prospects who pop up in Independent ball.
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Indy Report: Ledbetter is the King of Ks

June 26, 2008 | by RotoRob | Comments (7)
Sometimes the Independent Leagues are just tailor made for certain players who had quickly flamed out in organized ball. Such seems to have been the case for one-time Cardinal draft pick RHP Aaron Ledbetter. Drafted by St. Louis in the 24th round in 2001, Ledbetter spent two awful seasons at Rookie Level Johnson City, going […]
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Independence Day

April 25, 2008 | by RotoRob | Comments (3)
One-time Oriole first rounder Keith Reed is hoping to get another crack at the Show. (Photo by Ashmore) Ever wonder what became of that hotshot prospect who flamed out in the minors? There’s a decent chance he wound up in an Independent League, the baseball equivalent of purgatory. With the Atlantic League kicking off its […]
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