2023 MLB Draft: Brayden Taylor, 3B, TCU

Player: Brayden Taylor
School: TCU                                                  Position(s): 3B
Height: 6’1″                    Weight: 180 lbs                    Bats: Left                       Throws: Right
Hit: Short bat path to the zone and handles it well. Some leg kick but keeps balance well. Quick wrists. Makes plenty of good contact and shows good feel for zone/pitch recognition.
Power: Showing more this year, but unlikely to ever be more than slightly above average. Most power comes from quick wrists/whippy bat through the zone, but not at the expense of contact.
Run: Not enough for middle infield but not a negative. Enough speed and instincts to be a potential double digit base stealer. Average tool overall.
Arm: More than enough for third. Borderline plus, easy above average.
Glove: Seen some time at short and didn’t look too out of place. Definitely third base glove but showing the ability to hold down middle infield in college helps point to above average future overall defensively. Wouldn’t mind seeing a team send him out at second where his bat would play even better.
Other: More walks than strikeouts in college career. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Summary: Taylor doesn’t have a true plus tool, but he also doesn’t have a tool that will hold him back. A true five-tool player so long as the threshold is average to above-average, which is where all five tools fall. He has seen time at short for TCU but most likely landing spot is as a 3B, although there could be some Brandon Drury-esque positional flexibility and would like to see him get real run at second. He likely tops out in the teens to low-20s in terms of home runs, but he will do so while being a potential .280 to better hitter. There are a few guys in this draft who will go in the first round but don’t have star potential, instead have relatively little risk in at least becoming a productive MLB contributor, see Jacob Wilson, and Taylor falls into that category as well. Would like to see him go late in the first round, but wouldn’t be at all surprised if he goes in the first half of the round.

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