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Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Year: Senior
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
High School: Jesuit


2019: Elected as a 2019 team captain … one of only two Blue Devils to reach base safely in every contest this season … owns a reached base streak of 24 games, dating back to last season … the ACC hit leader with 27 on the season … leads the team in doubles (7), RBI (18), runs scored (19) and stolen bases (6), while tying for the team lead in home runs (3) … posted a two-homer performance in the series finale against Penn State (3/3), launching his first career grand slam to push the Blue Devils ahead, before sending a two-run home run to left field in his next at-bat in a career-high 6 RBI performance.

2018: Started 61 games in centerfield ... Hit .283 while slugging .461 and posting a .347 on-base percentage ... Totaled 13 doubles, four triples and six home runs ... Drew 11 walks and was hit by a pitch 12 times ... Stole eight bases in 10 attempts ... Totaled 36 RBI and 36 runs scored ... Homered against Maryland Eastern Shore, Richmond, Florida State, Georgia Tech (2x) and Georgia ... Homer at FSU was the go-ahead run in Duke's 11-inning victory over the Seminoles ... Committed one error in 130 chances for a .992 fielding percentage.

2017: Appeared in 45 games starting 41 ... Started 35 games in centerfield and six as designated hitter ... Ranked second on the team with a .314 (43-for-137) batting average ... Slugged. 496 and posted a .383 on base percentage ... Totaled 12 doubles, two triples and three home runs ... Homered against Pittsburgh (April 1), Notre Dame (April 28) and Georgia Tech (May 12) ... Drew nine walks and went 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts ... Drove in 22 RBI and scored 31 runs ... Posted a team-best .328 (22-for-67) batting average in ACC games ... Did not commit an error in 82 fielding chances for a 1.000 fielding percentage. 

2016: Played in 17 games, starting one in right field ... Batted .167 (2-for-12) with a double, three runs scored and an RBI ... Drew one walk and was hit by a pitch ... Made his collegiate debut March 1 against Davidson ... Notched his first career hit -- a double -- March 20 versus North Carolina ... Scored the game-tying run from second as a pinch runner on Peter Zyla’s game-tying ninth-inning single May 19 at Pitt.

High School: Three-year letterwinner under coach Miguel Menendez at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. ... Listed as the No. 387 prospect in the national in Perfect Game’s High School Class of 2015 rankings ... Tabbed the No. 82 outfielder in the country and No. 54 overall prospect in the state of Florida as well ... Earned 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America accolades ... Tabbed a 2014 Perfect Game Underclass Third Team selection ... Turned in a .429 batting average with 11 doubles, three triples, a home run and 16 RBI his senior season ... Hit .348 as a junior, adding six doubles, five triples and three homers ... Posted a .344 average and six extra base hits as a sophomore ... Helped Jesuit to the 2014 FHSAA 5A State Championship ... Garnered Tampa Bay Times All-Hillsborough County first team honors and Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County second team accolades ... Named team offensive MVP ... Collected all-tournament team honors at the WWBA National Championship, Perfect Game BCS Finals and WWBA East Memorial Day Classic ...

Personal: Born Kennie Allan Taylor on Oct. 20, 1996 in Norfolk, Va. ... The son of Kennie and Lori Taylor ... Has one older sister (Kendyl Crawford) ... Mother was a member of the Dartmouth College track and field team ... Father was a letterwinner in football and track at Adrian College ... Majoring in international comparative studies.


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BASE: Taylor Bounces Two-Run Base Hit vs. North Carolina
BASE: Taylor Ropes RBI Triple against North Carolina
Kennie Taylor Leaping Catch