Saga of Brien Taylor, Yankee Turned Drug Dealer

Remember Brien Taylor? If not, don't feel bad, he's only one of the biggest busts in the history of baseball. In fact, he was so much of a dud, that he never even reached the majors after being selected by the vaunted New York Yankees with the 1st pick in the 1991 draft.

Well, Taylor is out of baseball now, and has been selling dope to make ends meet. The 40 year old washed up pitcher had been selling large amounts of cocaine and crack to an undercover narcotics officer. Needless to say, he's been arrested.

I only recall this guy because of the unique spelling of his first name and his once valuable rookie card (seen to the right). Other than that, this guy was entirely forgettable. In 7 minor league seasons (with Yankees and Indians) he managed a lackluster 22-30 record with a 5.13 ERA. Most of that success came in the beginning of his professional career, because he ended with these 4 ERA's: 18.73 ('96), 14.33 ('97), 9.59 ('98), and 27.00 ('00). The shittiness can apparently be blamed on an injury to his pitching shoulder he obtained from a fight in 1993, and post-operation was never the same.

Snippet from our review of the #1 picks from 1989-1998:
1991- Brien Taylor/P/New York Yankees: No MLB experience. This pick brings back some memories. Memory 1- remember when the Yankees used to suck and actually "earned" the first pick in the draft due to sucking. Memory 2- Taylor is one of only two #1 picks to never make it to the bigs (other being Steve Chilcott). Poor Brien became a headcase in the minors and lost control of his pitches racking up far greater than a walk per inning pitched. Example- in 1996 with the Greensboro Bats he walked 43 batters in just 16 innings. How the hell is that even possible?

By morehardball
Sunday, 4 Mar 2012

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  • Essential said: Wow, that must be a career fallback. I guess that will be the thing that makes us better. - Banners Broker 8:48PM 04/28/14
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