The returning starter at second base, Taylor is battling Brett Williams and sophomore Jason Long for the starter's job in 2003... The best defensive infielder... Never going to count him out... Competitor... Will find a way to get in the lineup... The more you challenge him the better he becomes... Must understand his offensive role, which is to `set the table' for the bigger hitters.
during fall drills
Started all three games at second base for the victorous White Sox during the Fall Ball World Series... Posted a .333 batting average with a team-leading four RBIs and two runs scored... Played a big role in the series-clincher with a 2-for-4 performance with a team-best three RBIs and a run scored.
as a junior (2002)
Saw action in 47 games with all 37 starts coming at second base... Posted a .293 batting average with 21 runs scored on 43 hits and 15 RBIs... Totaled five extra-base hits, including one home run... Went 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts... Tallied 13 multiple-hit contests, including 10 two-hit games... Also collected four multiple-RBI games... Made just eight errors for a solid .947 fielding percentage with 66 putouts and 76 assists... Batted .281 in Big 12 contests with 12 runs scored and seven RBIs... Saw action in all 26 league games with 23 starts at second base... Made just three errors in Big 12 play... Connected on his first career home run in his first career start on Feb. 15 against Southern Nazarene to highlight a 2-for-5 performance with two RBIs and two runs scored... Went 2-for-3 against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) on Feb. 23... Went 1-for-1 in first Big 12 action against No. 20 Oklahoma State on March 23... Turned in his first multiple-hit game in league play the next day against the Cowboys, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a RBI and a double... Had another solid outing against C.W. Post on March 26, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks... Also had a double and a stolen base... Secured the starting second baseman's job after a 2-for-5 performance against No. 8 Nebraska on March 31 with a RBI and a double... Went 2-for-5 with a run scored against No. 8 Wichita State on April 3... Turned in his first career three-hit performance in the Wildcats' 15-inning win over No. 17 Texas Tech on April 5 with a RBI and a run scored... Had a hit in each game against Texas A&M on April 12-14, including a 2-for-5 effort with a run scored in the Wildcats' lone victory... The series against the Aggies started a season-best six-game hitting streak that included two games against eventual national champion Texas... Totaled a career-high three RBIs on a 3-for-5 evening against Oklahoma on May 3 with a run scored... Followed that performance with a 2-for-3 effort on May 4 against the Sooners... Helped the Wildcats' clinch their first-ever spot in the Big 12 Tournament with an impressive outing against Missouri on May 11, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI... Compiled a .333 average in four starts at the Big 12 Tournament with three RBIs... Went 2-for-4 with a walk in the opening loss to Texas Tech on May 22... Had two RBIs in the elimination win over the Red Raiders two days later on 2-for-4 hitting... Had a RBI in the semifinal loss to Nebraska on May 25.
at labette community college (2000-2001)
A two-year starter and letterman as a second baseman at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. ... Earned honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference honors as a sophomore... Named the Labette Community College Male Student-Athlete of the Year... Compiled a .346 batting average with 47 hits and 23 RBIs... Posted 15 extra-base hits during the season, including eight doubles, four triples and three home runs... Collected a .280 batting average as a freshman with 21 hits and 13 RBIs... Team leader in GPA... Coached by Aaron Keal.
at parsons high school
A three-year letterwinner in baseball at Parsons High School in Parsons, Kan. ... A two-year starter at shortstop and one-year starter at second base... Selected first-team All-Southeast Kansas (SEK) Conference as a senior... Was team captain... Compiled a .440 batting average with 21 RBIs and four home runs... Ranks second at Parsons in career runs scored, hits, home runs and doubles... Was the first lead-off hitter to pace the team in home runs... Tied record for RBIs in a game with six... Earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior... Posted a .480 average with 22 RBIs and one home run... Lettered one year in basketball... Coached by Mark Mayberry.
(Full name: Brandon Lee Taylor) was born Feb. 24, 1981, in Parsons, Kan. ... He is the son of Brett Taylor and Tammy Adkins... Father, Brett, was named the most outstanding pitcher at the Junior College World Series in the 1970s and pitched for the University of Tulsa... Dream job would be to work as the grounds supervisor at Wrigley Field... Majoring in golf course management.