"Both the team and I thought I had potential to be a big leaguer," Taylor told an industry Web site years later, "and I played in the minors until 1992."
Taylor played in the minors for a total of four seasons. He never made it higher than AA.
Taylor's pro career began that year with his selection by the Angels in the June draft out of Texas A&M.
At Texas A&M, Taylor earned all-conference honors in each of his three years at the school. He was also named first-team All-American by Baseball America in 1989.
In an April 1989 game, Taylor broke up a double play in a key spot in the ninth inning, leading to a game-winning home run.
With the Angels, Taylor played his first year at short-season Bend. The infielder got into 16 early games and hitting .240. His season was cut short by injury, tearing a a ligament in his knee while turning a double play.
He returned to the field in 1990 at high-A Palm Springs. He got into 124 games there, hitting .293. He also got into four games at AA Midland. He went 2 for 16 there.
Taylor split time in 1991 between single-A Quad City and AA Midland. He hit .251 on the season. He returned to Midland for 1992. He hit .256. It was his final season as a pro.
- Plastics News, March 27, 1995: Salesman fulfills dream in big league
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