Tayler Stiles thrived in a variety of roles for the Maryland last season. He gave the Terps quality innings as a starter, and out of the bullpen, got key outs time and time again to get the team out of jams. In 14 appearances Stiles notched a 3.46 ERA and struck out 37 batters, while issuing just 8 walks. However, on April 18 against Cal State Fullerton, Stiles was struck in the head with a line drive on just the second pitch of the game, ending his season.
Since the injury, Taylor has endured multiple surgeries, and has rehabbed tirelessly to make his way back to be able to pitch again this season. Taylor will enter this season in yet another role for the Terps: closer. He will follow in the footsteps of Kevin Mooney, the school’s all-time saves leader, who was drafted by the Nationals in 15th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Players on the team were kind enough to fill out a questionnaire, so here’s what Tayler had to say about baseball and beyond…
Favorite baseball memory: Leading my high school team to the WCAC championship played at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium 2 years straight.
Why he chose Maryland: Maryland is close to home and it is a great school academically and athletically. My first reaction when stepping foot on campus was “woah this place is huge”.
Favorite Maryland Memory: Back-to-back Regional Championships
Goals for this season: Have success in my pitching role and help win games for my team.
Favorite teammates: Taylor Bloom and Brian Shaffer
Walk-out song: Back in Black by AC/DC
Hobbies: Golfing (with Taylor Bloom)
Favorite place to eat around campus: Bread N Greens
Guilty pleasure TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Dream job besides playing baseball: Owner/head of my own training facility