Taylor Joseph Featherston...Twitter: @TFeath12...2008 graduate of Taylor High School (TX), where he played baseball and basketball... attended Texas Christian University... named to the 2011 First-Team All-Mountain West Conference team, 2010 College World Series All-Tournament Team and MVP of the 2010 NCAA Forth Worth Regional...hobbies: hunting and playing golf.
Began season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia), posting a .370 on-base percentage in 46 games...Acquired by Tampa Bay via trade in exchange for cash considerations June 9...Played 16 games for the Rays and was optioned July 15...Recalled July 31 and played one game before being optioned to Triple-A Durham... Combined to hit .232 (68-for-293) with 14 doubles, nine home runs, 41 RBI and 33 walks in 94 games between Tampa Bay, Durham and Lehigh Valley.
Spent most of the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA)...Made 94 starts: 50 at 3rd base, 27 at 2nd base and 17 at SS...Had a 13-game hitting streak, 4/12-23...Collected a season-high 4 hits, 4/20 at Syracuse...Batted .357 (25-70) over 19 April games...Hit safely in 10 straight games, 5/12-22...Homered in back-to-back games twice, 5/19-20 and 7/9-10...Recalled on 7/25 and appeared in 19 games (3 GS) before being optioned back to Lehigh Valley on 8/19...Was designated for assignment on 9/10
Made his first Opening Day roster...Appeared in games at second base, third base and SS...Made his ML debut, 4/12 vs KC (0-3, SO)...Collected his first ML hit, 4/30 at OAK (Jesse Chavez)...Was on the 15-day DL, 8/16-31 (right back strain); included a 7-game rehab assignment at Salt Lake (AAA)...Went 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI on 9/17 at MIN
Spent the entire season with Colorado's Double-A Tulsa Drillers, batting .260 (129/497) with 33 doubles, four triples, 16 home runs, 57 RBI and 69 runs scored...33 doubles finished third in the league behind Angels farmhand Alex Yarbrough (38) and Frisco's (Texas) Trever Adams (36)...16 home runs were a career best and finished tied for fifth in the Texas League...Hit .320 (31/97) with seven doubles and 10 RBI in April and .304 (31/102) with seven doubles, seven home runs and 13 RBI in June...Named a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star...Went 4-for-4 with five RBI in Game 4 of the Texas League North Division finals against Arkansas...Logged game-winning RBI in the top of the 9th to send club to the Texas League finals (lost to Midland in five games)...Participated in the Arizona Fall League, batting .294 (20/68) with two doubles, three triples, a home run, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored for the Salt River Rafters...Acquired by Cubs from Rockies via Rule 5 Draft before being traded to Angels for cash considerations all on Dec. 11.