Stuart McNair

Alabama baseball’s Chandler Taylor earns second team All-SEC

Sophomore Chandler Taylor was one of top power hitters in SEC

Not much positive notice was taken of Alabama’s 2017 baseball season, but that didn’t mean that Crimson Tide outfielder Chandler Taylor was overlooked.
The Alabama sophomore was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference second team. The postseason all-conference recognition is the second of Taylor’s career, with the sophomore being selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2016.
Taylor put together a solid sophomore effort after a standout freshman campaign. He finished the 2017 season as the team leader in seven offensive categories: home runs (16), runs batted in (34), runs (39), walks (32), stolen bases (7-11), slugging percentage (.601), and total bases (113). His 16 home runs were the most by Crimson Tide player since Clay Jones had 17 in 2010.
Taylor’s numbers also placed him among league leaders for the season, ranking third in home runs, fifth in slugging, and ninth in total bases.
In SEC play, Taylor led everyday Bama starters in average at .295 (33-112), 10 home runs, 15 RBI, 19 runs scored, 71 total bases, and 16 walks. His .634 slugging, and .382 on-base percentage also led the team, while his eight doubles and three stolen bases each tied for the team-high mark. Against SEC opposition, Taylor ranked fourth in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage, and seventh in total bases.
His 2017 season was highlighted by the weekend in Auburn, in which he helped Alabama sweep the Tigers on his way to SEC Player of the Week honors. In the three games, Taylor batted .500 (7-14) with two doubles, three home runs, three RBI, five runs scored and three walks to lead UA in every statistical category. He finished the weekend with a team-high 1.286 slugging percentage, contributing five extra-base hits and totaling 16 bases.

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