Brandon Taylor Athlete Profile

#3 Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor
Position: Third Base Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Roster Years: 2004-2005 Hometown: Orem, UT Last School: Utah Valley St.



All-America

  • 2005 College Baseball Foundation
  • 2005 Collegiate Baseball Magazine Third Team
  • 2005 NCBWA Third Team

Personal

Born in Kennewick, Wash.,... parents are Robb and Lynn ... served a Church mission to Argentina Buenos Aires West ... is an Eagle Scout ... wife's name is Aubrey, a diver on BYU's team, in May, 2005 ... majoring in exercise science.

Before BYU

As a senior at Timpanogos High he was a pitcher and shortstop with a .441 batting average in 102 at bats, scoring 38 runs, 45 hits, 48 RBI, 14 doubles and 11 homers ... also had four wins, no losses and an ERA of 5.95 ... was team captain and selected region and team MVP ... was all-state for 5A and academic all-state ... coached by former BYU All-American Kim Nelson.

Other College

FRESHMAN - (2001): At Utah Valley State he had a .340 batting average in 188 at bats, scored 40 runs, 64 hits, 34 RBI's, 18 doubles and hit one homer ... was second in the league in hits, first in the league in doubles ... was second team All-SWAC in the wooden bat league.

Stats

Year    Avg.   G-GS   AB   R   H  2B   3B   HR  RBI  TB   BB   SO  SB-SBA
2001*  .340   52-52  188  40  64  18    1    1   34  87   16   16   7-9
2004   .309   57-57  236  45  73  15    3   14   54 136   11   46   7-9
2005   .356   58-58  239  65  85  17    4   20   83 170   24   43  11-14
TOTAL  .333  115-115 475 110 158  32    7   34  137 306   35   89  18-23
* At Utah Valley State College, not included in career totals.


2004 | Sophomore Year

One of three Cougars named to the All-Mountain West Conference baseball team as selected by the league's head coaches ... hit two solo home runs in an 11-10 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 10, finishing 3-for-5 with four RBI ... hit a two-run home run, his eighth of the year, helping BYU defeat UNLV 8-7 on April 8 ... doubled in Wade Vest in the 11th inning for a 7-6 victory over San Diego State on April 15 ... earned MWC Player of the Week honors after going 9-for-15 in a three game series against New Mexico on May 6-8 with three home runs and 10 RBI ... went 4-for-6 with six RBI to help beat New Mexico 12-4 on May 7 ... hit three home runs in three-consecutive games against Air Force and Utah ... led the team with 14 home runs ... led the team with 22 multi-hit games, nine three-hit games, 17 multi-RBI games, 236 at bats, 73 hits, 15 doubles, 136 total bases and 54 RBI ... second on the team with 45 runs, three triples and a .576 slugging percentage ... started at shortstop in all but one of BYU's 58 games ... one of only four Cougars to hit above .300 with a .309 batting average ... had a nine-game hitting streak during the season.

2005 | Junior Year

Received several national honors: Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball magazine vs. Air Force ... Third Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association and National Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA, the National Student Athlete of the Week by CSTV for performances against Utah ... selected three times to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll ... hit for the cycle at Utah when he tied a school record with six hits ... hit for the cycle again at Air Force to tie an NCAA record by hitting for two cycles in a season, only the third player to do so in NCAA history ... Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-MWC ... MWC Co-Player of the Week at Air Force and at New Mexico State ... tied an MWC Games Only record for most home runs by a junior at 13 ... named to the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy Watch List and the Wallace Watch List ... Preseason All-MWC ...Baseball America: Preseason All-Conference, Fourth best '05-'06 Draft Prospect in MWC ... Cougar Scholar-Athlete ... KSL Subway Sub of the Week vs. SDSU when he received 25 stitches above his eye in a batting practice injury just before the game, then came back to hit his second of four grand slams this season when he returned from the hospital ... his other slams came at New Mexico State and at Utah ... hit a grand slam in BYU's 10-run sixth inning of a 22-8 victory in the third of a three-game sweep at New Mexico State ... third grand slam came in the nine-run second inning of a 10-8 victory at Utah ... fourth grand slamcame on his first at bat in a 19-6 victory at Utah ... followed that slam with a single, a double and a triple to complete the cycle ... hit back-to-back homers in the fourth and fifth innings of an 18-5 victory vs. Air Force, both coming off the first pitch ... led the Cougars with six game-winning RBI and also led the team in runs, hits, homers, total bases, stolen bases and RBI ... ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in RBI, No. 12 for home runs and and No. 16 in slugging percentage ... drafted in the 17th round by the Chicago Cubs as the 520th pick.