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New Position, New Passion

Taylor seen here taking infield practice at third

With his ailing bat failing and the Class-A Peoria Chiefs looking for more production at the hot corner, 24-year-old Brandon Taylor was approached by the Cubs about trying his hand at somewhat of a new position: pitcher. Never one to hold his tongue, last year's 17th-round draft pick from BYU told the organization exactly what he thought of their idea.

The idea of converting solely to pitcher was never one that Taylor, who garnered some innings in his high school days, was overly ready to embrace. After all, the former Cougar was supposedly approached by several major league organizations about being drafted as a pitcher. His response to each club was always the same. "I said to heck with them all," says Taylor, who was batting .213 with...

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