Royse City native and RCHS Alumni Taylor Hearn has been called up to the Texas Rangers and will start Thursday’s game against Seattle. Hearn, a starting pitcher, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2015 out of Oklahoma Baptist. He was traded to the Rangers by the Pittsburg Pirates last July in a trade for Keone Kela.
We reached out to Kevin Carter, a writer for Baseball Prospectus, for scouting report on Hearn. Carter told us, “Taylor Hearn is a plus athlete on a premier pitching frame at 6’5” 225 lbs with broad shoulders and a high waist. The lefty sits 93-94 with a lively fastball that comes back armside, especially when left on the arm-side part of the plate. Hearn has an 84-85 slurvy breaking ball that flashes sharp spin and break although it can be inconsistent to go along with an average 83-84 changeup with some tumble and fade. Hearn struggles with inconsistency at times and may show it with adrenalin ramped up in his first MLB outing, but the raw stuff is good enough that he should still miss plenty of bats.”