You walk through the tunnel, up the stairs and on to the field. You see the lights, hear the fans cheering–it’s every little kids dream to make it to the show.
One BYU Baseball player this season made it happen. Taylor Cole, a former BYU pitcher, had to overcome injuries and seven years of grinding to make it where he is now.
Cole got drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round in 2011, from then the worked never stopped. From moving around in the minors, and working on a dime–he was determined to make this happen.
In 2017 he got called up by the Blue Jays, pitched for one inning in Toronto, and then recieved a line drive off the foot from Didi Gergorius. He went out of the game with a broken toe. He didn’t see the mound for the rest of the season. When the season ended, his contract was up and the Blue Jays didn’t resign Cole.
From there his grind continued. He had to throw bull pens and hope another team would sign him. Through his efforts, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came to watch him pitch one day. They later signed him where he was assigned to their Triple-A team–The Salt Lake Bee’s.
Cole only pitched for a few months before getting the call up to the big leagues again. This time he made his debut at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles. From there, he dominated. He moved up and down only a few times before sticking with September call-ups.
Cole ended the 2018 season with four wins and two losses as a pitcher. He finished with a 2.75 ERA in 18 games and 36 innings pitched. Cole remains active on the Angels roster.