SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State University outfielder Zach Taylor was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
The Phillies used the 398th overall selection in the draft to take Taylor, who was the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year as well as a first-team Division II All-American outfielder by both the ABCA and the NCBWA.
The Statesboro, Ga., native hit .373 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs, leading the Peach Belt in both power categories while also slugging .699 for the season and stealing 21-of-25 bases.
Taylor is the 25th player to be drafted from Armstrong since Warren Bachman (1982) was the first Pirate to be selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Overall, the Pirates have sent 73 players to professional baseball in the last 30 years and Taylor will join a Phillies organization that also includes former Pirate and 2007 21st-round draftee Jeremy Horst, who currently pitches in AAA at Lehigh Valley.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft began on Monday with the first round and the compensatory pick round. Tuesday's second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft comprised of rounds 2-15 and the draft will conclude on Wednesday with rounds 16-40.