Our second Waynesboro General starter in a row (with one more to come on the list, by the way) is Phillip Taylor, the 6-foot-1 senior lefty from North Georgia.
Our 6th best starter in the league went 2-2, 3.27 in 12 games and 4 starts, totaling 41 1/3 innings. He allowed 40 hits, only 4 walks, and struck out 37. His batting average against was .248, his WHIP is 1.065, and he had a 0.9 BB/9 and 8.1 K/9. He had the lowest BB/9 of all starters surveyed, and not surprisingly, Perfect Game said he had the best command in the league. Phillip threw in just one game during the playoffs, but struck out 3 batters in 1 1/3 innings, earning the save.
Taylor has had three distinctly different seasons so far for North Georgia. As a freshman in 2012, he went 0-3, 4.71 in 27 games and 37 innings. He allowed 35 hits, 19 walks, and struck out 22. As a sophomore, Phillip went 1-0, 2.95, with 19 hits, 8 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 22 innings. Just before he joined the Valley League as a junior, he went 2-4, 6.16, with 52 hits, 21 walks, and 40 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched. He, like Zach Williamsen, performs well in the classroom; Phillip was named a 2013-14 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll Silver Scholar. A mouthful to be sure, but a fantastic honor all the same.
I’m very curious to see how Phillip does in 2015, his senior year, after such a great summer!