October 19, 1965 |
|June 2, 1991, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1991, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||6.27|
Wade Eric Taylor (born October 19, 1965 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American Major League Baseball pitcher who played with the New York Yankees in 1991. As of 2015, he is a professional scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, based in Oviedo, Florida. He has been an advance scout for the Yankees, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Taylor played college baseball at the University of Miami. He was drafted twice in 1986, first by the Toronto Blue Jays, and then by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but did not sign with either team. On June 30, 1987, he was signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent.
On December 22, 1987, Taylor was traded with Lee Guetterman and Clay Parker to the New York Yankees in exchange for Henry Cotto and Steve Trout. After spending three full years in the Yankees minor league system, Taylor was called up in early June 1991. Taylor started his first game on June 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. He also struck out four Brewers' hitter, pitching well enough to get credited with the win in the Yankees 7-4 defeat of Milwaukee.
Taylor pitched in only 5 minor league games in 1992, and only 7 in 1993. After not playing in professional baseball from 1994 to 1999, Taylor resurfaced with the Greenville Bluesmen of the Independent Texas–Louisiana League. He pitched in 17 games for Greenville, going 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA. He did not play again after the season.