Blake Taylor Becomes Latest Ex-Cyclone to Make MLB

Former Brooklyn Cyclone pitcher Blake Taylor made his Major League debut last night.

Former Columbia Firefly Blake Taylor Makes MLB Debut with Houston Astros

The Houston Astro came on in relief in the eighth inning against the Mariners. The lefty retired the side in order, forcing a flyout and a pair of groundouts.

Taylor pitched for the Cyclones, the New York Mets’ short-season Single-A affiliate, in the 2015 season, posting a 1.00 ERA in nine innings of work in three games.

New York acquired Taylor in 2014 in a trade that sent Ike Davis to Pittsburgh. In 2019, the Mets sent him to Houston with outfielder Kenedy Corona that brought center fielder Jake Marisnick to the Big Apple.  

Additionally, Taylor is the eighth former Columbia Firefly to play in the big leagues, with Andres Gimenez, who also got the call-up Friday, being the seventh. 

The 2013 MLB First-Year Draft second-round selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates spent the 2017 season in the Soda City (SC), starting 17 of the 18 contests in which he appeared. Taylor fanned 72 batters in 85.2 innings while maintaining a 4.94 ERA.  

For his seven-year minor league, the 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pound Dana Hills, Dana Point, CA, native recorded a 10-23 mark with a 4.08 ERA in 321 2/3 in 106 tilts.

— Jerry Del Priore

Photo by Columbia Fireflies

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