Tankersley with the Florida Marlins
March 7, 1983 |
|June 3, 2006, for the Florida Marlins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 16, 2010, for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||4.58|
Taylor Mark Tankersley (born March 7, 1983) is an American former professional baseball player. He played for the Florida Marlins during his four-year major league career.
During his senior year at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Tankersley went 13–0. He also played first base whenever he was not pitching. Warren Central won the Mississippi 5A Baseball State Championship that year.
After high school, Tankersley continued his baseball career at the University of Alabama. He started and did relief work for the Crimson Tide. After three years throwing for the Tide, Tankersley was a first rounder in the 2004 major league draft. The twenty-seventh pick overall, Taylor was the Marlins' first pick. He made his major league debut on June 3, 2006, pitching a scoreless inning in relief.
In March 2009 Tankersley was demoted to the Marlin's Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs team due to an elbow injury, ultimately undergoing surgery to correct the recurring stress fracture. In May 2010, Tankersley was called up by the Marlins to work as a "Lefty specialist" out of the bullpen. 20 of the first 21 left-handed hitters Tankersley faced were retired; he finished the season "shutting down" lefties, who batted just .200 against him.
On October 13, 2010, Tankersley refused a minor league assignment and became a free agent.
On January 11, 2011, Tankersley reached a minor league deal with the New York Mets, which included an invite to spring training. He would spend the entire 2011 season with the AAA Buffalo Bisons where he would compile a 1–1 record with a 5.79 ERA in 56 innings pitched.