Taylor Guerrieri

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Christopher Taylor Guerrieri

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Pitcher Taylor Guerrieri was was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft with the 24th overall pick. He had been timed at 97 mph in high school, while posting a 6-1, 1.10 record as a senior. He allowed 24 hits but 23 walks in 51 innings, while fanning 72; he also hit .507 with 9 HR in 75 AB. Baseball America rated him as the tenth-best prospect entering the draft even though he did not make their high school All-American team. He was the first of ten first-rounders for Tampa Bay in 2011, preceding Mikie Mahtook, Jake Hager, Brandon Martin, Tyler Goeddel, Jeff Ames, Blake Snell, Kes Carter, Grayson Garvin and James Harris. The scout was Brad Matthews.

As of early July, it was uncertain as to whether he would sign, as he was committed to the University of South Carolina. He did wind up signing with a $1,600,000 bonus. Guerreri made his pro debut with the Hudson Valley Renegades in 2012 on June 20th against the Aberdeen Ironbirds. He tossed five shutout innings with two hits, a walk and six whiffs and left with the lead; his bullpen blew it before Hudson Valley rallied to win, leaving him with a no-decision.

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