LC player signed by Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday June 15 2010

 

Baseball star Jeff Taylor Jr., who holds the ODAC record for stolen bases, was recently signed by the Cincinnati Reds.

"I'm very excited to continue to play baseball at a competitive level, and I think that LC has prepared me to take the next step," said Taylor, who is scheduled to graduate in August. "This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do, and I am grateful to the Reds for giving me that shot."

Taylor finished his career at Lynchburg as the all-time stolen base leader, holding the Old Dominion Athletic Conference record as well. He ended his tenure at Lynchburg as the all-time games played and started leader, and was also a two-time All-ODAC first-teamer. He posted a .356 career batting average (218-613), scoring 133 runs and driving in 121 over his four years at LC.

"He certainly has the ability to play at that level; he works hard; and we as a program are very appreciative of the Reds organization on giving him a chance to showcase his talents," said LC head coach Percy Abell.

Taylor will report to the rookie-level Arizona League (AZL) where he will join the Arizona League Reds. The AZL Reds compete in the Central Division of a 12-team, three division setup. Play begins on June 21, as the Reds will battle the AZL Dodgers at 7 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona.