The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher. The watch list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on May 19, then three finalists June 2 prior to NCAA Regionals and the MLB Draft. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series, and all finalists will be brought to Wichita, Kan., where the winner will be announced at the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1.
One of the major reasons UCF baseball has jumped out to a 6-1 start this season, Taylor claims a .485 batting average in 2010, pounding out three homers while driving in eight and scoring nine runs from the cleanup position in the lineup. A career .360 hitter in a Black and Gold uniform, the backstop was the Conference USA Hitter of the Week after the Knights swept Savannah State to open the year.
In 2009, Taylor was the first catcher in UCF history to be honored as a Freshman All-American. He led all C-USA catchers with 26 runners caught stealing, and paced the team with a .371 average in league games.
Season tickets for the 2010 campaign are currently on sale, and reserved bleacher seats are only $150. Faculty/staff, youth and senior season tickets are $99. To purchase tickets, call 407-823-1000 or visit UCFAthletics.com.