Our #13 hitter, though, is the opposite- he’s a college senior with three years of full-time experience under his belt. This young man is Clayton Taylor, the 6-foot-4 infielder attending Nebraska-Omaha, who played the 2015 summer for the Waynesboro Generals.
Clayton hit 292/394/451 in 41 games and 144 at-bats for the Generals, along with 26 runs, 30 RBIs, 8 doubles, 5 home runs, 7 stolen bases, and a 16/28 BB/K ratio. Clayton was second on the team in runs, hits, and doubles, and led the team in home runs, RBIs, and walks. He also hit very well in the playoffs, going 8-25 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs.
Taylor has been a very important contributor for Mavericks in his first three years of college. In 2013, as a freshman, Clayton hit 352/464/443 in 122 at-bats, along with 8 doubles, a home run, 18 RBIs, and a 23/17 BB/K ratio. The next year, as a sophomore, Taylor hit 342/421/599 in 187 at-bats, with 40 runs, 17 doubles, 2 triples, a huge 9 home runs, and 48 RBIs. He added a 18/29 BB/K ratio.
Then as a junior, just before he joined the Generals, Taylor hit 308/403/490 in 198 at-bats, with 42 runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a 25/32 BB/K ratio.
As you might imagine, he has raked in the awards in his first three years (because he applies himself in the classroom, too). Let’s take a look:
- 1st Team Academic All-District 7 (2014, 2015)
- All-Summit 1st Team (2014, 2015)
- All-Summit 2nd Team (2013)
- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American 2013
- Summit League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll (2013, 2014, 2015)
- Summit League Distinguished Scholars List (2013-14, 2014-15)
- Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence (2013-14, 2014-15)
Wow. Clayton’s majoring in IT innovation, by the way.
So there it is, brilliant readers! Our #13 hitter has a few awards on the wall already. Watch for another excellent year for the Mavericks!