|2006 Deer Valley Wolverines|
Stanton attended St. Mary's College of CA in 2007. He made his collegiate debut on opening day as a true freshman and recorded a save in his first appearance. For the season he made 16 appearances and 3 starts, held opposing batters to a .244 mark and led the team with 5 saves which was the third most all-time in SMC annals. Due to financial considerations during the Great Recession, in 2008 Taylor had to make the decision to attend Diablo Valley Junior College. After the season he was drafted in the 26th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft and subsequently signed by Seattle Mariners scout Stacey Pettis into one of the deepest pitching farm systems in Major League Baseball.
Stanton began his professional baseball career in 2008 with the Rookie-Level Peoria Mariners of the Arizona League. He went 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 11 games pitching 17 innings, striking out 20 opposing batters. He started two games that season.
In 2009 Stanton played for the Short-Season Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League where he went 5-3 with a team-leading 3.50 ERA in 15 games, all starts. In 87 innings, he had 81 strikeouts against 25 walks issued and was subsequently named Everett's Pitcher of the Year by the team coaches.
Entering the 2010 season Stanton packed his bags and traveled to Clinton, Iowa where he played for the Class A Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League. He tied for the league lead in wins going 12-7 and tied for 7th in the league pitching 138 innings. Assembling a 4.30 ERA, he struck out 111 batters while allowing just 35 walks.
|2010 Iowa LumberKings|
Beating long odds for a 26th round selection in the Draft, the Mariners saw potential and promoted Stanton for the 2011 season to the thin air of the Class A+ High Desert Mavericks in the California League. Known as the best hitters park in all of US Minor League Baseball, Clear Channel Stadium allows more than 10 runs and 3 home runs each game. Taylor nevertheless bested the park, starting in 11 games striking out 45 while walking only 13 batters and was third among team starters with a 5.65 ERA. That performance earned him a call-up to the Double AA Jackson Generals of the Southern League where he posted a solid 4.35 ERA getting into 22 games mostly in middle-inning short relief, striking out 31 and walking 16. For the season Stanton compiled a combined 5-9 record, earned 2 saves, and delivered a 5.08 ERA over 117 innings pitched, striking out 76 hitters while walking 29.
|Routine Putout - High Desert Mavs in 2012|
Always strong at fielding his position, he ended the 2012 season with a combined 1.000 fielding percentage for his 3rd year as a pro, accomplishing the stat over 32 games in 28 chances, starting one double play and getting 8 putouts while catching 4 batters napping on the bases.
In 2013 Taylor Stanton started camp within the Mariners organization and competed for a starting spot on the Jackson Generals. With an overload of right-handers on the Mariners AA team, he was released on the final day of camp in what was described in the press as a difficult decision among the 6 right-handers competing for two slots. After weighing his options as a free-agent, Taylor was pleased to sign with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball ("AA").
|Talking with a fan in Fargo|
|2013 AA Pitcher of the Year|
Demonstrating his complete command of all the pitches in his arsenal (fastball, sinker, slider, curve, change), he led his team with 108 strikeouts while giving up only 29 walks in 126 innings pitched. Taylor was named as the starter for the first game of the 2013 AA playoffs and went 6 2/3 innings giving up no earned runs in getting a no decision in his only playoff action which represented the only Redhawks win of the 2013 playoffs.
|Game #1 Starter 2013 Playoffs|
Taylor attributed the improved results in 2013 to a consistent starters routine versus previous stops when he started and relieved. He also credited his teammates who were solid in the field behind him, his pitching coach, his relationship with catcher Todd Jennings, his off-season pitching coach, an enhanced off-season training regimen and focus on diet, each as contributors to his 2013 success.
Before putting the season to rest, Taylor wanted to publicly thank his manager Doug Simunic, his pitching coach Steve Montgomery, his host family Kevin and Rita, the other coaches, trainers, broadcasters, and front office staff of the Redhawks organization, the community of Fargo-Moorhead and finally all of his fans who have been so kind and walked alongside him in 2013. He will never forget your generosity and kindness.
Turning the page, on the 2013 AA season, Taylor accepted an offer to play winter ball in Puerto Rico with the Leones de Ponce. With his year now complete, he is hoping his effort and results will get noticed by an affiliated club or two and will be in a MLB camp when spring training opens on the 2014 major league season. Nobody knows the odds of that happening of course, but Taylor is convinced that what can be dreamt can be made real with effort, persistence, and the support of others. Life is indeed a team sport and with your support, who knows how far Taylor Stanton can progress on his journey to chase his dream of becoming a major league pitcher?