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Taylor Heath Jungmann

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[edit] Biographical Information

Taylor Jungmann was a first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft.

[edit] High School

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.

[edit] College

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.

[edit] Minors

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.

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