Taylor made his major league debut in 2017 as a September call-up ... enters his eighth professional season after signing with Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2011 ... owns a .284 batting average (421-for-1,485) with 97 doubles, 26 homers and 221 RBI in 461 career minor league games... Has appeared in 252 games at Triple-A Iowa over the last three seasons, batting .288 (242-for-839) with 59 doubles and 12 home runs... In 229 games at catcher, has thrown out 70 baserunners stealing ... has also appeared at first base, third base, left field and pitcher (2.1 IP)... Selected by the Marlins in the 49th round of the 2008 draft, but did not sign ... attended Morehead (Ky.) State University
Taylor spent the entire minor league season with Triple-A Iowa before earning his first promotion to the majors in September ... batted .297 (106-for-357) with 27 doubles and six homers in 102 games with Iowa ... hit .231 (3-for-13) with one RBI in eight games with the Cubs... Finished second among I-Cubs with a .297 average (min. 30 games played) ... led the team with 62 RBI... Threw out 23 percent (13-of-57) of potential base stealers from behind the dish... Reached base in 39-straight games from August 10, 2016-May 1, 2017 ... was the longest streak for an I-Cub since at least 2008... Had his contract selected by the Cubs, September 5, and made his major league debut, September 8 ... recorded his first hit, September 14 vs. the Mets... Hit a game-winning RBI double in the 11th inning, September 28 at St. Louis ... marked his only extra-base hit and RBI with the Cubs.
Taylor spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, batting .251 (56-for-223) with 13 doubles, two homers and 20 RBI in 67 games ... began the season with Double-A Tennessee, batting .339 (19-for-56) with 10 RBI in 15 games ... was promoted to Iowa, April 29... Missed time from May 27-July 8 with a left hand sprain ... included injury rehab stint with Single-A Eugene (six games).
Taylor reached the Triple-A level for the first time in his career, combining to hit .311 (103-for-331) with a .361 on-base percentage in 104 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa ... saw time at catcher (49 games) and first base (30) as well as brief appearances at third base and left field... In his 49 games behind the dish, threw out 18 of 51 baserunners attempting to steal (35 percent)... Hit two homers, both solo shots, June 25 at Mobile while with Tennessee... Opened the season with Iowa, and hit .282 (31-for-110) in 40 games before he was transferred to Tennessee, June 16 ... hit .353 (12-for-34) with a 1.242 OPS in 10 games prior to returning to Iowa, July 4... From July 4 through season's end, hit .321 with an .810 OPS in 53 games between Iowa and Tennessee... Played four games for the Toros in the Dominican Winter League in October.
In 53 games with Double-A Tennessee, hit .319 (44-for-138) with 11 doubles, a triple, four homers and 29 RBI ... recorded a .375 on-base percentage... Threw out nine of 41 baserunners (22 percent) attempting to steal... Had two stints on Tennessee's disabled list due to calf strains, April 3-17 and July 9-23... Drove in a season-high five runs, July 26 at Birmingham ... collected four RBI, August 16 vs. Huntsville.
Limited to 33 games with Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee due to a right calf strain ... batted .206 (21-for-102) with four doubles and two homers.
Hit .257 (57-for-222) with 12 doubles, two triples, three homers and 38 RBI in 70 Single-A games between Peoria and Daytona... Threw out 10 of 25 (40 percent) of baserunners attempting to steal... Hit .338 (22-for-65) in 18 games with Peoria to start the season before he was promoted to Daytona in mid-May
Batted .308 (12-for-39) with an .878 OPS in 11 games with the Rookie League Cubs in his first professional action.