Much like previously written up Bubba Chandler, Will Taylor is also a multiple sport athlete who is a high profile college quarterback recruit (Clemson).
Will Taylor Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 175
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: OF
Highest Ranking: 14th (ESPN)
There’s a lot to like with Will Taylor. The Dutch Fork High School outfielder has plus-plus speed that should allow him to play an above-average centerfield down the line. Right now he’s still in need of improving on his routes and reads, but that should come with more time on the baseball field. He also shows an above-average arm.
At the plate the speed will certainly help out once he makes contact. He’s got plenty of athleticism which leads to an average to above-average hit tool. His power is a little bit in question. There’s below-average to fringy-average home run power depending on who you ask. That power will play just fine as long as he continues to be able to stay in center.
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For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.