Preseason Countdown: Taylor Bloom, #16

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 16 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #16, Taylor Bloom.

RHP Taylor Bloom
RHP Taylor Bloom

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’0″ / 195 lbs.

Hometown: Crofton, Md.

Previous School: Riverdale Baptist School

2016 Spring Stats: 14 G (14 GS), 6-5, 5 CG, 2.46 ERA, 102.1 IP, 60 K, 9 BB

2016 Summer Stats: DNP

About Taylor: Taylor Bloom was a model of consistency during the 2016 season, as he was one of two Terps to throw over 100 innings, leading Maryland in complete games and finishing with more starts (14) than walks (9). He finished second in the nation in walks per nine innings (0.79) and 15th in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.67), as he was the only pitcher in the country to throw more than 100 innings and walk fewer than 10 batters.

Due to his heavy workload in the spring, Bloom was shut down during the summer and did not participate in summer baseball, instead working out with nearby teammates in College Park. This season, the junior right-hander will once again locks down the Saturday slot in the Terps rotation, as his ability to miss bats and induce ground balls with his change-up makes him a change-of-pace option for Maryland.