Married, wife's name is Amberleigh…The couple has a son, Brooks...Originally signed by Chicago-NL as a non-drafted free agent on July 11, 2011...Signed by Tim Wilken...Attended Morehead State University (KY).
Spent the entire season at the Alternate Training Site at Double-A Bowie...Appeared in 15 games during Spring Training, batting .250 (3-for-12)…A non-roster invitee to Orioles Spring Training.
Connected on his first Major League home run on 5/4 vs. STL, a grand slam off of RHP Michael Wacha in the fourth inning...According to STATS, LLC., he became the seventh player in Major League history, and the first Cub, to hit a game-tying grand slam for his first career home run; the first to do so since INF Will Middlebrooks (BOS) on 5/6/2012 vs. BAL...Became the first Cub to hit a grand slam as his first career homer since RHP Kevin Tapani on 7/20/98 at ATL and the first Cubs position player to hit a grand slam as his first career homer since OF Champ Summers on 8/23/75 vs. HOU...Made his first start of the season at catcher for the Cubs on 4/27 at ARI, catching a two-hit, one-run win...Made his first career pitching appearance on 8/6 vs. OAK, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning, allowing three hits...Appeared in 61 games for Triple-A Iowa, hitting .235 (48-for-204) with five home runs, 21 runs scored, and 23 RBI.
Taylor spent the entire minor league season with Triple-A Iowa before being selected by the Cubs September 1 ... appeared in five games with the Cubs, going 2-for-5 with two RBI ... was his second-straight season joining the Cubs as a September call-up ... Notched a 10th inning RBI single September 6 at Washington in the Cubs 6-4 win ... Batted .275 (98-for-356) with 18 doubles, four homers and 41 RBI in 107 games with Iowa ... Went 4-for-5 with a double and a career-high six RBI, May 25 vs. New Orleans.
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.