Taylor Hawkins is an Oklahoma native drafted by the Rays in the 12th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft. He was drafted out of his local Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Oklahoma. While attending high school he hit a school record 74 home runs just one homer shy of Jeff Clement’s national mark.
What makes Taylor Hawkins interesting, besides the fact that he has a pet monkey (hey Caesar!), is his unusual position change after last season. Last summer Hawkins was a catcher for the Hudson Valley Renegades, a short-season Single A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. One night towards the end of a game, Hawkins was placed on the mound. He impressed many with his arm and what no one knew was that that moment wasn’t going to be the player’s only stint on the mound.
During the offseason, Hawkins trained as a pitcher but not just any pitcher, a knuckleballer. Currently the knuckleballer has a 3.58 ERA with one win and three losses. With more experience Taylor Hawkins will surely be one to watch!