Taylor Thurber – Professional RHP with a 4:1 K/BB ratio throughout his NCAA I college and pro career
Taylor Thurber graduated from Appalachian State University (NCAA I) in 2015 has spent time in the Frontier League, American Association and Pacific Association. His best season as a pro came in 2016 while pitching in the Pacific Association where he held down an era of 2.95 while going 7-5 over 85.1 innings pitched with 70 strikeouts to only 16 walks.
Taylor is currently overseas in Western Australia playing in the highly competitive first division state league with the Melville Braves. You can follow his stats here.
In his senior season with Appalachian State University while pitching in against some of the top college baseball programs in the nation (IBC ranking for Sun Belt conference: 9.5/10 ), Taylor boasted a 2.35 era while throwing 4 complete games in his 11 starts. What was even more impressive were his 73 strikeouts to only 8 walks and his whip of 0.910, all for a team that was 18-34. His performance earned him national rankings and a spot on the First-team All-Sun Belt Conference team.
Taylor is coming off of his most frustrating seasons as a professional in 2017, where he understandably struggled while pitching for the Salina Stockade, by far the last place team in the American Association at 18-82. However despite an inflated era, he threw two complete games in his four starts and 17 K’s in just over 22 innings pitched before going to play for the Stompers in the Pacific Association to finish out the 2017 summer on a high note.
Taylor describes himself as having a heavy fastball with live movement ranging from 87-91 mph from a ¾ arm slot complimented by an 85-87 mph sinker, a 79-83 mph cutter/slider, a 75-82 vulcan change up with heavy sink, and a 69-79 mph curve. Velocities are yet to be verified.
He is now looking to take his career overseas while continuing to improve his skills as a pitcher. Taylor is excited about seeing new places, meeting great people, and hopefully and ultimately creating new opportunities for himself.
Date of birth: 1993-07-29
Birthplace / Current Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina / Mooresville, North Carolina
Passports held: United States
Height and weight: 5 ft 11 inches , 185 lbs
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Primary position(s): Starting pitcher, Relief pitcher / Closer
Secondary position(s): Left field, Center Field, Right Field
Education: BSBA in Computer Information Systems
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, fishing, skateboarding, boating, travelling.
Post baseball career plans: Focus is baseball, currently exploring options
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2012-2015: Appalachian State University, Sun Belt Conference (NCAA I)
2013: Pineville Pioneers, Southern Col. Baseball League
2014: Morehead City Marlins
2015: Forrest City Owls, Coastal Plain League
2017-2018: Melville Braves, Western Australian State League
2015: Schaumburg Boomers, Frontier League
2016: Sonoma Stompers, Pacific Association
2017: Cleburne Railroaders, American Association
2017: Salina Stockade, American Association
2017: Sonoma Stompers, Pacific Association
2016: Lead the Pacific Association in wins with 7 in over 85 innings pitched
08/2015: Frontier League Pitcher of the Week (CG 7-0 shutout over the Joliet Slammer)
2015: First-team All-Sun Belt Conference
2015: 3rd lowest era in Sun Belt Conference
2015: Nationally ranked 2nd in walks per nine innings and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Has given pitching lessons to youth players in his spare time
Takashi Miyoshi – Manager, Sonoma Stompers. Email: email@example.com
JD Droddy – Manager, Salina Stockade. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabe Suarez – Manager, Cleburne Railroaders. Email: GABE_SUAREZ1124_240@msn.com
Billy Jones – Former Head Coach of Appalachian State
Quote from 2015 Article:
“He’s a winner,” Billy Jones said. “What you see in a game, he’ll do that in a fall ball intrasquad in 20-degree weather. Every pitch is important to him. He doesn’t like giving up contact and he sure as heck doesn’t like giving up runs. He’s an ultra competitive and we’ve asked a lot out of him and he’s answered the bell every time.”
If a club offered him a place to stay and a job, Taylor would be willing to pay his flights.
He is open to all living arrangements that include a private bedroom. He is available immediately and has no future obligations to return home.
Phone/Whatsapp: +1 (704) 8965572