By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Louisville senior Logan Taylor will move into the leadoff role for the Cardinals; McDonnell tells him not to try and be Corey Ray

Louisville senior Logan Taylor will move into the leadoff role for the Cardinals; McDonnell tells him not to try and be Corey Ray.

The University of Louisville baseball team has produced some big-time leadoff hitters during Dan McDonnell's tenure.

In recent years, Adam Engel and Corey Ray have roamed around in the outfield field and started things off at the top of the batting order for the Cardinals. Both made their way into professional baseball.

Now, the Cardinals have a new leadoff.

McDonnell said he's confident that senior Logan Taylor can be the guy who gets things going for the offense. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound native of Lexington will also be the starting centerfielder for the Cardinals.

"Last year, Logan started in the two hole (behind Ray) and we felt like we had two leadoffs," McDonnell said. "He moved down in the order as we moved some guys around but we think he's a guy who can do it."

Taylor has played in 177 career games and hit .280 last season in 61 outings. He made 44 starts and had 18 stolen bases, 40 runs scored and 18 RBIs for the Cardinals.

McDonnell said he's told Taylor that he "doesn't have to be Corey Ray."

"Logan is a senior and he'll see a lot of pitches," McDonnell said. "He will move the baseball, he will obviously steal some bases and he's a super-fast base runner. He's just a really solid baseball player."

The Cardinals open the season on Friday at 3 o'clock against Alabama State in Clearwater, Fla.


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