Taylor Teagarden

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Taylor Teagarden
Taylor Teagarden on July 27, 2012.jpg
Teagarden with the Baltimore Orioles
Free agent
Catcher
Born: (1983-12-21) December 21, 1983 (age 30)
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 2008 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .202
Home runs 21
Runs batted in 68
Teams

Taylor Hill Teagarden (born December 21, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. Teagarden played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers from 2008 to 2011, the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 and 2013 and the New York Mets in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Teagarden graduated from Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas.

Teagarden attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a catcher on the Texas Longhorns baseball team. Most notably, Teagarden played on the Longhorns' 2005 NCAA Championship team, which won the College World Series.

Major league career[edit]

Teagarden playing for the Texas Rangers in 2009.

Texas Rangers[edit]

Taylor was drafted in the third round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. His first major league hit (a solo home run) happened on July 20, 2008. It came off Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker in the top of the 6th, who, until then, had not given up a hit all game. It would end up being the only run of the game in a Rangers 1–0 victory.

Sent to Double-A Frisco early in the 2010 season, Teagarden was called back up to the Majors in July 2010 due to the injuries of catcher Matt Treanor. While at Double-A Frisco, he finished fourth in the fan vote for A.L. catcher for the 2010 All-Star game with 631,674 votes, above Major League catchers John Buck of the Blue Jays, Mike Napoli of the Angels and A.J. Pierzynski of the White Sox.[1] Teagarden hit three home runs in his first five games after his July recall from the minors.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later on December 1, 2011. However, he began the 2012 season on the disabled list due to lower-back injuries. He was cleared to begin baseball activities on June 1, 2012 and began his minor league rehab games with the Double-A Bowie Baysox on July 6. On the same day he was activated by the Orioles off the disabled list on July 14,[2] he hit a two-run, two-out homer off Joaquín Benoit to end a 13-inning 8–6 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.[3] He was designated for assignment on September 1, 2013 and subsequently became a free agent.

New York Mets[edit]

Teagarden signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets with an invite to Spring Training on January 6, 2014.[4] The Mets selected Teagarden's contract from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on June 8. He hit a grand slam in his first game for the Mets on June 10 against the Milwaukee Brewers, the second grand slam of his career. Teagarden elected free agency in October 2014.[5]

International career[edit]

Taylor Teagarden
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze 2008 Beijing National team
World University Championship
Gold 2004 Tainan National team

Teagarden was named to the 2008 USA Olympic Team.[6]

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