When you think prep baseball talent, West Jordan Utah isn’t exactly the first locale that comes to mind. That was true for Bill Mosiello, too, who happened upon the third baseman during an Arizona showcase and quickly became enthralled by his potential, sitting on him across multiple games.
He came back raving about the skinny kid from the Beehive State.
“Bill was very impressed by Brayden,” then TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle told Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram back in April. “He felt like Brayden was going to have an impact, but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen the power numbers [as a freshman]. You just never know how a guy is going to handle his freshman year, but he’s a super talented kid with great mental makeup.
Mo convinced Schloss they needed to offer Taylor, and with few others in competition, Brayden visited TCU and quickly accepted.
That would change the course of the Horned Frogs, and quickly.
Everyone figured Taylor would be a decent player as a true freshman, but just about everyone was shocked at how quickly he became the power bat in the heart of the order. Taylor led TCU in home runs for most of the season, finishing his first year with 12 long balls, the highest total on the team. His .324 batting average was second highest amongst the regulars and 53 runs batted in third, and he quickly endeared himself to his veteran teammates with his work. ethic and calm presence on the field.
He very rarely looked the part of a true freshman.
Much like he dominated the season, he has dominated the postseason, collecting a myriad of awards for his on and off the field prowess. He was voted a consensus Freshman All-American, earning first team honors from D1 Baseball, Perfect Game, and Collegiate Baseball, in addition to second team nods from Baseball America and NCBWA. He was a second team ACBA All-Central Region member and a part of the Fort Worth All-Regional Team, capping a season in which he was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, second team All-Conference and first team All-Big 12. In season, he was a member of the Shriners Classic All Tournament Team and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in April.
A is born!— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) July 19, 2021
It was a breakout freshman campaign for Brayden Taylor. A unanimous freshman All-American, Brayden ranked in the top 10 among true freshmen in home runs (12, T-8th), RBI (53, T-9th) and total hits (72, 10th).@braydentaylor02 | #FrogballUSA | #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/LfP7xlZ3iU
And if that wasn’t enough?
This summer, Taylor has dominated the summer circuit, hitting .293 in 21 games with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 14 RBIs for the Falmouth Commodores on his way to being named a Cape Cod League All-Star.
Congratulations to our 2021 @officialccbl All-Stars!— Falmouth Commodores (@FalCommodores) July 20, 2021
- Brayden Taylor (2B) | @TCU_Baseball
- Jace Bohrofen (OF) | @RazorbackBSB
- Lucas Gordon (P) | @TexasBaseball
- Chase Jeter (P) | @PioBaseball pic.twitter.com/5kckHP7XCu
Not bad work for the skinny kid out of Utah in his first year of collegiate baseball.
Oh, and we would be remiss to not shoutout a couple other TCU Baseball stars who received all star recognition in their summer leagues as well (big thanks to Ray for keeping tabs on our guys as they play this summer):
B Tay gets all the love and I get it, but let’s not sleep on Sam Thompson or Jacob Speaker… both got all star nods as well in their summer league.— Ray Cartwright (@RayCartwright) July 21, 2021
(Sam’s going to be a star, I promise you that)