Taylor Cole

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Taylor James Cole

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Starting pitcher Taylor Cole began his professional career in 2011.

He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th round of the 2007 amateur draft, one pick ahead of infielder Andy Parrino, but opted not to sign. He was next taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 31st round of the 2008 amateur draft, but once again did not sign. He inked a contract after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 2011 amateur draft.

His first season of note was 2012, when he went 6-0 with a 0.81 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for the Vancouver Canadians, allowing just 36 hits in 66 1/3 innings. He was named Topps' Northwest League Player of the Year and made Topps' Short Season/Rookie All-Star team. He again earned an All-Star selection in 2014, after going 8-11 with a 3.43 ERA in 26 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Dunedin Blue Jays in 2014. He was a Florida State League Mid- and Post-Season All-Star that year.

On July 12, 2019, he was the opener in a bullpen game for the Los Angeles Angels against the Seattle Mariners. It was an emotional occasion, as it was the Angels' first home game after the tragic death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs on July 1st. He pitched two hitless innings, and Felix Pena then took over, not giving up a hit the rest of the way as the two combined on a 13-0 no-hitter.

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