Taylor Heath Jungmann
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 220 lb.
- School University of Texas
- High School Georgetown High School, Rogers High School
- Debut June 9, 2015
Taylor Jungmann was a first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft.
Jungmann had a 12-2, 0.90 record as a high school freshman, with 138 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. He improved to 10-1, 0.84 with 145 strikeouts in 83 2/3 innings as a sophomore. His junior year, 2007, he went 13-0 with a 0.41 ERA and 142 whiffs in 85 innings. He played in the AFLAC All-America game. He was also unbeaten as a senior, after transferring to Georgetown High from Rogers High - 14-0, 0.77, 153 K. He was named Texas Player of the Year by Gatorade and Louisville Slugger. Baseball America named him as a high-school All-American, joining Brett DeVall, Danny Hultzen and Jake Odorizzi as the first-teamers. Due to a strong college commitment, he fell to the 24th round of the 2008 amateur draft before the Los Angeles Angels selected him.
Going on to the University of Texas, the big right-hander was 11-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings. He led the Big 12 Conference in ERA (.09 ahead of runner-up A.J. Morris) and opponent average (.193), was second in wins (tied with Kyle Gibson, 3 behind Morris) and fourth in whiffs. He was 3-0 with a 0.59 ERA in the 2009 College World Series, fanning 15 in 15 1/3 innings. He beat both #2 Arizona State University and #1 Louisiana State University in the CWS. He was named to the Series All-Star team, joining Anthony Ranaudo as the pitchers selected, and led the Series in both ERA and wins. Baseball America named him as a freshman All-American. In NCAA Division I, he was 5th in ERA, tied for 10th in wins and 6th in fewest hits per 9 innings.
Taylor continued to shine in 2010. He was 8-3 with a 2.03 ERA and struck out 129 in 120 innings. He was 10th in NCAA Division I in ERA and led the Big 12 in innings. He was second in the Big 12 in strikeouts (behind Barret Loux), third in ERA (trailing John Stilson and Chance Ruffin) and fourth in opponent average (.209). Despite only being second-team All-Conference, he was second-team All-American according to Baseball America, joining Hultzen, Trevor Bauer and Matt Purke.
Jungmann was even better in 2011, starting 13-1 with a 1.40 ERA and .168 opponent average. Despite that, he fell to 12th overall in the 2011 amateur draft before being snagged by the Milwaukee Brewers. Pitchers chosen ahead of him included guys like Gerrit Cole (#1 overall) with far worse records for the 2011 season. The scout was Jeremy Booth and his signing bonus was $2,525,000.
Jungmann made his pro debut on Opening Day, 2012, with the Brevard County Manatees. He walked four and allowed four hits in five innings while fanning three but gave up just one run in a 11-4 victory over the Daytona Cubs. He spent the entire season with Brevard County, going 11-6, 3.53 in 26 starts and logging 153 innings. In 2013, he made another 26 starts in AA ball this time, with the Huntsville Stars of the Southern League, ending up with a record of 10-10 and a 4.33 ERA. His K/W ratio was a cause for concern however, at it as only 82/73 in 139 1/3 innings, not what is expected of a top-rank pitching prospect.
Jungmann returned to Huntsville to start the 2014 season and was a lot more impressive, with a 4-4 record, but a much lower 2.77 ERA and a much improved 46/15 K/W ratio in his first 9 starts. He received a promotion to the Nashville Sounds of the AAA pacific Coast League in late May and continued to do well there, going 8-6 in 19 games to finish with a combined mark of 12-10, 3.57; he struck out 147 batters in 153 2/3 innings. He returned to AAA to start the 2015 season, but in the meantime, the Brewers had switched minor league affiliates, sending him to the very hitter-friendly Colorado Springs SkySox. His ERA ballooned to 6.37 after 11 appearances, but his good luck was that the major league Brewers were struggling and needed pitching help, so he still got the call to the Show in early June even though he ws pitching far from light out.
Taylor was a winner in his major league debut for the Brewers against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 9, 2015, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits over 7 innings in a 4-1 win. On July 5th, he improved to 3-1 with a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in which he went 8 innings, then followed that with his first big league complete game on July 11th, a three-hitter as he defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-1. That performance lowered his ERA to 2.15.