2011 MLB Draft Results: Texas Rangers Draft Paralyzed Johnathan Taylor
2011 MLB Results: Injured Georgia Player Johnathan Taylor Gets Drafted
The final day of the 2011 MLB Draft is winding down. Many players drafted today will either take a leap of faith and test their luck in the farm system of a MLB team or return to school.
The draft started at noon today and featured rounds 31 through 50. A team might be able to find a hidden gem this late in the draft, but that's mostly depends on how a player handles the transition to wooden bats and how coaches develop him.
The best story of the day happened in the 33rd round. The Texas Rangers did a wonderful thing today by drafting Georgia junior outfielder Johnathan Taylor. Any player drafted by any team is great, but what makes this pick so special is that Taylor is paralyzed.
Taylor suffered a broken neck on March 6 of this year during a game against the Florida State Seminoles. Taylor collided with teammate Zach Cone when the two dove for a ball hit to the outfield. Cone was drafted in the first compensation round by the Rangers.
Georgia head coach David Perno heard of the news earlier today and was very happy for Taylor and his family. Per GeorgiaDogs.com:
This was truly a classy move and a great gesture on the part of the Texas Rangers organization, said Georgia coach David Perno. J.T. is definitely a player worthy of getting drafted. He’s been a big part of our program, and we are all very excited for him. When I talked to him after he got the call, he was in the middle of his rehabilitation work, laughing and having a good time and was thrilled to be drafted.
Taylor has been a great player for Georgia since his starting in his freshman year. This was truly a great act from the Texas Rangers.
His Georgia teammates have been honoring him all season long wearing his jersey number and helping motivate him during his rehabilitation. Taylor was actually in rehab when the Rangers called him. A great gesture from the Texas Rangers will not go unnoticed.
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