Brien Taylor jailed on drug charges

Updated: March 2, 2012, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

BEAUFORT, N.C. -- Former New York Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor, the overall No. 1 selection in the 1991 draft, is facing multiple drug charges after his arrest in North Carolina.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office said the 40-year-old Taylor of Beaufort was arrested Thursday. A statement said undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from Taylor over several months.

Taylor is jailed under $275,000 bond. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Taylor got a then-record $1.55 million signing bonus from the Yankees. But after excelling at Double-A in 1993, he got into a fight that winter and injured his pitching shoulder. He was never the same after major surgery.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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