In 1995 with the 14th overall pick in the June amateur draft the Philadelphia Phillies selected a toolsy outfielder by the name of Reginald Tremain Taylor, otherwise known as Reggie "Failed 1st Rounder" Taylor. Throughout the minors Reggie displayed his dashing speed (267 stolen bases), but also showed his propensity at striking out (897 k's) and not being all that productive at the plate (.726 OPS). Despite his lackluster performance coming up through the ranks, he still got his shot at the majors (purely out of the fact he was a 1st round pick). In two seasons with the Phils (2000-01) he recorded 1 hit in 18 at bats with 9 strike outs...that was some quality scouting the Phils did in preparation for the '95 draft.
After 2 seasons of failure in Phillies pinstripes they shipped his carcass to Cincy for a different shade of red, netting the Phils lefty Hector Mercado. With the Reds is where Taylor experienced his most "success" as a MLB player, posting 14 homeruns, 18 stolen bases, 58 runs, 57 rbi, and 110 hits in 235 games in 2002-03. From here, things get dicey with Reggie, as he was released by the Reds then signed by the ChiSox, then granted free agency by them, then signed by the Rockies, then traded by Colorado to Tampa Bay (actually played for them), then released by the D-Rays and signed with St. Louis to later be granted free agency by them, then in 2006 he caught on with the Tigers, but Detroit parted ways with him once they broke camp in spring training. That's a-whole-lotta signing and letting go, professional bass fishers do less catching and releasing than that. In 2006 he went the independent route landing with the Atlantic League's Lancaster Barnstormers. His former GM when he was with the Reds, Jim Bowden, decided to throw him a bone this year with the Washington Nationals, but has yet again since been released. However he was picked up by the Mexican League's Olmecas de Tabasco and is currently ripping the cover off the ball. This just goes to show if you are a former 1st round pick your "chances" seem to always keep coming, even if you're a career .231 hitter with a No-Hit Nunez-esque .655 OPS. Too bad he couldn't hit more like Lawrence Taylor, of course I could hit like that if I were jacked up on cocaine and methamphetamines.
As a post-Independence Day celebration, the Phils and Rockies are set to blast off some fireworks this weekend in Colorado. Both teams have high powered offenses and the Rocky Mountain air doesn't stand a chance against a Ryan Howard or Matt Holliday shot. Lets just hope our pitching staff gives up less runs in the end and we come out of this with a series win and some momentum heading into the All-Star break. By the way, I love twins!!!