DURHAM, N.C. – Another Duke Blue Devil had his name called in the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, as the New York Mets selected senior outfielder Kennie Taylor with in the 14th round (418th overall) Wednesday.
Taylor is the third Blue Devil selected in this year’s draft, joining teammates Graeme Stinson (Tampa Bay Rays, fourth round, 128th overall) and Ben Gross (Minnesota Twins, 10th round, 299th overall). With Taylor’s selection, the Blue Devils have now had at least three players drafted in six-straight drafts.
Taylor has enjoyed great success across his four-year career with the Blue Devils. Starting 161 games across his career, he has been the everyday center fielder for Duke across the last three years.
The Tampa, Fla. native was elected a team captain this season and is currently in the midst of a career-best campaign. Taylor leads the club in multiple statistical categories, including hits (81), batting average .324), doubles (19), triples (5) and runs scored (50).
The senior co-captain is tied for fourth in the conference in hits, while tying for third in hits per game, averaging 1.40. Taylor was named to the All-ACC first team following the regular season.