Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45
Hard-throwing left-handers always attract scouts and Hearn lit up radar guns enough to get selected in four consecutive Drafts: by the Pirates in the 22nd round in 2012 out of a Texas high school, by the Reds in the 36th round in 2013 and the Twins in the 25th round in 2014 at San Jacinto (Texas) JC, and the Nationals in the fifth round in 2015 out of Oklahoma Baptist, an NAIA program. Washington sent him to Pittsburgh a year later as part of a package for Mark Melancon, and the Rangers acquired him last July along with third baseman Sherten Apostel for Keone Kela.
Hearn's fastball sits in the mid 90s when he starts and has tickled triple digits, featuring riding action and high spin rates that get swings and misses up in the strike zone. Hitters who gear up for his heater are vulnerable to his changeup, which can be a plus pitch at times. He never has had great feel for spinning a breaking ball from his low-three-quarters arm slot, but he's making progress with an 82-85 mph slider that still gets slurvy.
Hearn doesn't have a track record of health, dealing with elbow issues as an amateur and missing time with foot (2016) and oblique (2017) injuries as a pro. After he made a disastrous big league debut in late April, he immediately went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and missed most of the 2019 season. He may not have the durability to be a starter, and his control and command may point him to the bullpen, where his fastball might park in the upper 90s and make him a late-inning factor.
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Texas Rangers activated LHP Taylor Hearn from the 60-day injured list.
Texas Rangers transferred LHP Taylor Hearn from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Left elbow tightness.
Texas Rangers placed LHP Taylor Hearn on the 10-day injured list. Left elbow tightness.
Texas Rangers recalled LHP Taylor Hearn from Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers optioned LHP Taylor Hearn to Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers selected the contract of Taylor Hearn from Frisco RoughRiders.
Frisco RoughRiders activated LHP Taylor Hearn.
Texas Rangers traded RHP Keone Kela to Pittsburgh Pirates for Taylor Hearn and Player To Be Named Later.
Frisco RoughRiders placed LHP Taylor Hearn on the reserve list.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to Altoona Curve from West Virginia Black Bears.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to West Virginia Black Bears from Bradenton Marauders.
Bradenton Marauders activated LHP Taylor Hearn from the 7-day disabled list.
Bradenton Marauders sent LHP Taylor Hearn on a rehab assignment to GCL Pirates.
Bradenton Marauders placed LHP Taylor Hearn on the 7-day disabled list.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to Bradenton Marauders from West Virginia Power.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to West Virginia Power.
Washington Nationals traded LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn to Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Mark Melancon.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to Hagerstown Suns from GCL Nationals.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to GCL Nationals from Hagerstown Suns.
Hagerstown Suns placed LHP Taylor Hearn on the 7-day disabled list.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to Hagerstown Suns from Auburn Doubledays.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to Auburn Doubledays from GCL Nationals.
LHP Taylor Hearn assigned to GCL Nationals.
Washington Nationals signed Taylor Hearn.