Chris Taylor just began his pro baseball career about a year ago. But the former Virginia infielder has already made his way to the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
Taylor was the starting shortstop an hitting second in the lineup for the Jackson Generals on Wednesday night. Taylor went 1-for-5 with a run scored in his Double-A debut, an 8-6 loss to Mobile.
The Mariners promoted Taylor to Double-A on Wednesday after a strong performance with Seattle's Class A affiliate at High Desert. Taylor hit .335 in 67 games with the Mavericks, with seven homers, 44 RBI, and a team-high 90 hits. Taylor represented High Desert as a member of the California League's all-star team on Tuesday.
Taylor was the Mariners' fifth round pick in last year's draft. He hit .322 in 49 games between two stops in his first minor league season.
At Jackson, Taylor is reunited with former Virginia teammate John Hicks, now a catcher for the Generals.