25 Days of Baseball: Day 17

Taylor Bloom is one of a trio of right handers that Maryland will rely on heavily this season. Brian Shaffer and Ryan Selmer are the other two, and they will both be featured on future editions of 25 Days of Baseball. Last season Bloom made 15 appearance for the Terps, 5 of them starts, tossing 33 2/3 innings, and posting a 4.01 ERA. Bloom surged at the end of the season, starting the Big Ten Tournament final against Michigan, and again in the winner-take-all regional final against UCLA. Against the Bruins, Bloom shined, pitching six plus innings, allowing one run, and only two opposing hitter reached base.

This season, Bloom is expected to be the Saturday starter for the Terps, and Maryland would greatly benefit from him becoming a fixture in the weekend rotation, as one of the biggest challenges for the team a season ago was finding consistency and stability to follow the Friday night reliability of Mike Shawaryn.

Bloom-17
Graphic courtesy of Kate Correia

Players on the team were kind enough to fill out a questionnaire, so here’s what Taylor had to say about baseball and beyond…

Favorite baseball memory: Going to Cooperstown with my 12u team

Why he chose Maryland: Being close to home really influenced my decision to come to Maryland, as well as just the comfortable atmosphere I got when I first came here.

Favorite Maryland baseball memory: Beating UCLA in the regional final in Los Angeles.

Goals for this season: To be the Saturday starter throughout the year, and give my team a chance to win every weekend.

Favorite teammates: Brian Shaffer, Tayler Stiles, and Ryan Selmer

Pump up playlist: Usually a mixture of Rap and Hard Rock

Hobbies: Hitting the links with some teammates/friends.

Favorite place to eat around campus: Chipotle

Guilty pleasure TV show/movie: The Walking Dead/Star Wars

Dream job besides playing baseball:  I’d like to coach some day

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