The Yankees were without the official services of George Steinbrenner who was serving a suspension at the time but through the media, Steinbrenner said that if the Yankees let Taylor get away, they should be “shot.” Taylor was signed for $1.55 million the day before his classes were set to begin. Further delay would have meant the deal could not be signed until after the school year ended, which coincided with the following year’s draft.
While quickly ascending up the minor league ranks in 1993, Taylor suffered a torn labrum while defending his brother in a fistfight. Unfortunately, Taylor was never the same pitcher again. He was at Double-A before the incident but spent the bulk of the remainder of his professional baseball career struggling at Single-A.
Looking over the Baseball America All-Time Top 100 prospects :
1992 #3: Roger Salkeld, rhp, Mariners [about]
1993 #9: Allen Watson, lhp, Cardinals [about]
1994 #19 : Jeff Granger, lhp, Royals [about]
1995 #2: Ruben Rivera, of, Yankees [about]
1996 #5 : Alan Benes, rhp, Cardinals
1997 #4 : Matt White, rhp, Devil Rays
1998 #13: Chad Hermansen, 2b, Pirates
1999 #7: Ryan Anderson, lhp, Mariners
2000 #6: Ruben Mateo, of, Rangers
2001 #6: Sean Burroughs, 3b, Padres
2002 #9: Drew Henson, 3b, Yankees
2003 #5: Jesse Foppert, rhp, Giants
2004 #8 : Greg Miller lhp, Dodgers
2005 #21 : Brian Dopirak, 1b, Cubs
Who is your pick to be the bust prospect of 2008?