SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) baseball coach Bobby Cox may have his first player see Major League action next spring. Former Bison pitcher Taylor Hearn was named to the 40-man roster for the Texas Rangers ahead of preseason.
“He is a fine young man, enjoyable to be around and coach,” Cox said about Hearn who was drafted from OBU in the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft to the Washington Nationals in the fifth round. “We saw him make huge gains confidence-wise, from the mental aspect to the physical aspect. He really blossomed.”
The 40-man roster for a Major League baseball team includes players on the active roster as well as minor league players who can be easily called up in case of need at the major league level.
Hearn was acquired by the Rangers from the Pittsburg Pirates in a trade last July. He made five starts at the Rangers’ Double A team, the Frisco Roughriders. While in Frisco, Hearn posted a 1-2 record with a 5.04 earned-run average (ERA). Through four minor league seasons between the Rangers, Pirates and Nationals organizations, Hearn has averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.48 ERA.
Major League scouts reported on Hearn that the lefthanded pitcher is “eye-turning if you see him in person… looks impossible to hit on the right day.” Hearn stands 6-5 and has clocked a 90-98 mph fastball.
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