Mets prospect Taylor earns win in Gulf Coast League
Left-handed pitcher strikes out seven batters, allows one hit in Mets debut
Left-hander Blake Taylor, acquired by the Mets as the player to be named later in the Ike Davis trade, made his organizational debut Tuesday. He pitched four scoreless innings in the Gulf Coast League, helping the Mets defeat the Marlins, 17-2.
Taylor came on in relief of Dillon Gee, who was beginning his rehab assignment. Gee has been on the disabled list for more than a month due to a strained lat. Gee threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two batters.
Taylor, the Mets' No. 19 prospect, struck out seven batters, walked three batter and gave up a single hit through four innings. He earned his first professional victory after going 0-2 in eight games last season.
The Pirates selected Taylor in the second round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and he began his professional career in the Gulf Coast League after signing. Taylor was one of the younger players in the Draft class, and he won't turn 19 until Aug. 17.
Davis was dealt to the Pirates on April 18 for reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. The Pirates completed the trade on June 15 by sending Taylor to the Mets, one year after he signed his first professional contract.
Another recent addition to the Mets organization achieved a couple of his own firsts in Tuesday's victory. Shortstop Milton Ramos, the club's third-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, collected his first professional hit and scored his first run. The 18-year-old from Hilaleah, Fla., went 1-for-3 in the third game of his career.