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After seeing Ian Seymour selected 57th overall, Virgiinia Tech baseball had their second player selected in the 2020 MLB Draft via Carson Taylor.
With their 4th-round pick (No. 130 overall) of the 2020 #MLBDraft, the #Dodgers select @HokiesBaseball catcher Carson Taylor, No. 194 on the Top 200 Draft Prospects list: https://t.co/GToIWu2pD3— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 12, 2020
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Carson Taylor was selected 130th overall (4th round) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2020 MLB Draft.
Taylor's selection gives the Hokies two picks in the first four rounds for the first time in program history. He is also the third highest selected catcher in program history behind Johnny Oates (1966-38th overall) and Mark Zagunis (2014-78th overall).
Taylor has been a hitter-first at catcher, but head coach John Szefc praised Taylor's growth defensively at catcher to D1 Baseball's Aaron Fitt, likely a reason why he has been selected so high.
Va Tech coach John Szefc told me this about Taylor: “Just gets a ton of hits, man. He gives you good at-bats, he’s good behind the plate. I think his arm strength has gradually developed. At this time last year he was nowhere near as polished as he is right now behind the plate.” https://t.co/fwhYo5B7xZ— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 12, 2020
Taylor had 4 home runs and 39 RBIs in his two seasons in Blacksburg including 2 home runs, 20 RBIs, .431 batting average, and a 1.231 OPS on his way to earning All-American honors.
We will have more as this story develops.