We continue the countdown today at number 75 with Taylor Featherston. He comes from Katy, Texas where he attended Taylor High School. He was a three year letter winner and was rated the 28th best prospect in Texas by Baseball America.
As a freshman in 2009, Featherston was one of only two players to start in all 58 games. He finished the season with a .322 average with five homers and 28 RBI. He was also solid on the basepaths with eight stolen bases in 12 attempts.
He played the summer of 2009 with the New Bedford Bay Sox where he hit a team leading .321 with a homer and 12 RBI in his 21 games played. He also picked up four stolen bases in five attempts. He was named a starter in the NECBL All-Star game for the Eastern Division. Baseball America named him the sixth best prospect in the league.
Taylor’s sophomore season saw him start and appear in 60 out of the team’s 68 games. He finished with a .338 batting average while hitting eight homers and driving in 52 runs. He was part of the squad that made the school’s first appearance in the 2010 College World Series where the Horned Frogs finished tied for third.
Featherston spent the summer of 2010 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Brewster Whitecaps where he only appeared in ten games. He had a .267 batting average while driving in three runs.
The biggest issue with Featherston since the beginning of his college career has been his defense. As a freshman in 2009, he made 27 errors for a fielding percentage of .909. He also struggled that summer in the NECBL as he made six errors for a fielding percentage of .941. Last season, he was slightly better making 16 errors for a fielding percentage of .947 in the college season while making five errors in the Cape in only five games.
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