LC Baseball’s Jeff Taylor, Jr. Signed by Cincinnati Reds Monday

For Immediate Release - 6/14/10 - #410

LC Baseball's Jeff Taylor, Jr. Signed by Cincinnati Reds Monday

LYNCHBURG, VA - A baseball career that seemingly ended six weeks ago at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament has been given a second chance, as Lynchburg College star Jeff Taylor, Jr. (Lynchburg, VA/Heritage) was signed by the Cincinnati Reds Monday morning.

"I'm very excited to continue to play baseball at a competitive level, and I think that LC has prepared me to take the next step," said Taylor, Jr. "This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do, and I am grateful to the Reds for giving me that shot."

Taylor, Jr. finished his career at Lynchburg as the all-time stolen base leader, holding the ODAC record as well. He ended his illustrious tenure at Lynchburg as the all-time games played and started leader, and was also a two-time All-ODAC first-teamer. He posted a .356 career batting average (218-613), scoring 133 runs and driving in 121 over his four years at LC.

"He certainly has the ability to play at that level, he works hard, and we as a program are very appreciative of the Reds organization on giving him a chance to showcase his talents," said LC head coach Percy Abell.

Taylor, Jr. will report to the rookie-level Arizona League (AZL) where he will join the Arizona League Reds. The AZL Reds compete in the Central Division of a 12-team, three division setup. Play begins on June 21, as the Reds will battle the AZL Dodgers at 7 p.m. in Glendale, AZ.