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Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

P | B/T: L/L | 6' 5" 225 | Age: 26
Phoenix, AZ USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 2 3.04 52 1 0 47.1 62 1.18
1 Season 2 2 3.04 52 1 0 47.1 62 1.18
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 52 2-2 3.04 47.1 62 1.18
1 Season 52 2-2 3.04 47.1 62 1.18

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 BOS AL 194 2 2 3.04 52 1 0 47.1 40 17 16 5 16 62 1.18
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 40

Taylor went unpicked in four consecutive Drafts from 2011-14 while moving from an Arizona high school to Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC to Georgia College, but the Phillies signed him for $50,000 in August 2014 after spotting him in the summer Northwoods League. They traded him to the Diamondbacks as part of an exchange of international bonus slots the following year, and the Red Sox acquired him as the player to be named later for Deven Marrero in May 2018. He has one of the strongest lefty arms in the system, which prompted Boston to protect him on its 40-man roster last November.

Taylor primarily attacks hitters with two pitches, a 94-96 mph four-seam fastball that reaches 98 and a mid-80s slider that grades as plus at its sharpest. He can turn his slider into a harder, cutter-like offering. A starter for his first 2 1/2 pro seasons, he also can mix in a curveball and changeup.

While Taylor has better stuff than a typical southpaw, he doesn't harness it on a consistent basis. He has battled his control since making the jump to the upper Minors in 2017 and won't approach his ceiling as a set-up man if he can't throw more strikes.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 836 114 8 7.0 86.3 12.1 .224 .352 .280 .285 .375 28.9 31.8 8.7
ALL 836 114 8 7.0 86.3 12.1 .224 .352 .280 .285 .375 28.9 31.8 8.7
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/14/2019 Boston Red Sox recalled LHP Josh Taylor from Pawtucket Red Sox.
06/10/2019 Boston Red Sox optioned LHP Josh Taylor to Pawtucket Red Sox.
05/29/2019 Boston Red Sox recalled Josh Taylor from Pawtucket Red Sox.
03/12/2019 Boston Red Sox optioned LHP Josh Taylor to Pawtucket Red Sox.
11/20/2018 Boston Red Sox selected the contract of Josh Taylor from Pawtucket Red Sox.
09/01/2018 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox from Portland Sea Dogs.
05/17/2018 Portland Sea Dogs activated LHP Josh Taylor.
05/15/2018 Arizona Diamondbacks traded LHP Josh Taylor to Boston Red Sox.
05/15/2018 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Portland Sea Dogs.
05/12/2018 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Jackson Generals from Visalia Rawhide.
04/02/2018 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Visalia Rawhide from Jackson Generals.
02/26/2018 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
07/11/2017 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Jackson Generals from AZL D-backs.
06/30/2017 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to AZL D-backs from Jackson Generals.
01/10/2017 Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent LHP Josh Taylor to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
09/16/2016 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Salt River Rafters.
07/05/2016 Josh Taylor assigned to Mobile BayBears from Visalia Rawhide.
05/28/2016 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Visalia Rawhide from Hillsboro Hops.
05/22/2016 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Hillsboro Hops from Visalia Rawhide.
04/04/2016 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Visalia Rawhide from Kane County Cougars.
07/08/2015 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Kane County Cougars.
07/05/2015 Philadelphia Phillies traded Future Considerations, RHP Chris Oliver and LHP Josh Taylor to Arizona Diamondbacks for Future Considerations.
04/05/2015 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
08/15/2014 LHP Josh Taylor assigned to GCL Phillies.
08/12/2014 Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent LHP Josh Taylor to a minor league contract.