Chandler Taylor Selected to the All-SEC Second Team
Alabama baseball’s Chandler Taylor was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. The postseason all-conference recognition is the second of Taylor’s career, with the sophomore being selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2016.
Taylor put together a solid sophomore effort after a standout freshman campaign. He finished the 2017 season as the team leader in seven offensive categories including: home runs (16), RBI (34), runs (39), walks (32), stolen bases (7-11), slugging percentage (.601) and total bases (113). His 16 home runs were the most by a member of the Crimson Tide since Clay Jones’ 17 in 2010. Taylor’s numbers also placed him among league leaders for the season, ranking third in home runs, fifth in slugging and ninth overall in total bases.
In SEC play, Taylor led everyday starters in average at .295 (33-112), while contributing a team-leading 10 home runs, 15 RBI, 19 runs scored, 71 total bases and 16 walks. His .634 slugging and .382 on-base percentage also led the team, while his eight doubles and three stolen bases each tied for the team-high mark. Against SEC opposition, Taylor ranked fourth in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage and seventh in total bases.
His 2017 season was highlighted by the weekend in Auburn, in which he helped Alabama sweep the Tigers on his way to SEC Player of the Week honors. Across the three games, Taylor batted .500 (7-14) with two doubles, three home runs, three RBI, five runs scored and three walks to lead UA in every statistical category. He finished the weekend with a team-high 1.286 slugging percentage, tallying five extra-base hits and totaling 16 bases by the end of the series.
The conference announced its 2017 Baseball Awards and All-SEC Teams on Monday afternoon recognizing standout performances from the season. The 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament will be played Tuesday through Sunday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.