Hillman: Could you walk me through your career a little bit? Two years ago, you were with the Chicago Cubs organization. Where did you play last year?
Taylor: [Last year] I had T.J -- Tommy John -- surgery in September, two years ago. Last year, I just sat out and then played winter ball in Arizona and then was in an independent league, the Golden State league and I ended up hitting like .430, 14 homeruns and 12 doubles in the 31 games that I was there and that's when the Dodgers signed me. In a nutshell, that's been my past.
CH: So, what was like playing in an independent league?
BT: It was awesome! We had a great league and that's what is so frustrating right now is that we had 25 ex-big league guys in that league and the play was a lot better than it is here, this low-A stuff. It's frustrating because I cannot get anything to fall [for a hit at Dow Diamond] no matter what happens.
CH: What adjustments have you made since coming to the Loons?
BT: It's not that I'm doing anything different…it's just getting things to fall, like I haven't really been able to buy anything here at home.
CH: You've hit quite a few fly ball outs that look like they are leaving the yard.
BT: It's an awesome place to play but it's probably the most dead park that I have ever played in. Unless you hit it down the line, its pretty tough. Nothing has really changed. I've been frustrated, that's about it.
CH: How does it feel to be a part of the Dodger's organization?
BT: It's awesome. Coming from what I know of it so far, the whole organization is leaps and bounds, a hundred times better than the Cubs and how they ran things.
The manager for Clinton, here was there a couple years ago my first year and I love him but it's just brutal over there. And just talking to him, he's like, "Oh my gosh." and I say it's a good thing that he came over to a different organization.
It's pretty bad. There are a lot of people that have jobs over there, are in positions and are only there because the know the Big Man.
Here, it is so awesome.
All the rovers [roving minor league hitting instructors] that have come in so far are phenomenal people. They tell you how it is. Positive, really good people.
It's a night and day difference between the Cubs and the Dodgers.
Q&A with Great Lakes Brandon Taylor
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