Brien Taylor Unmade: An oral history

Top pick could've made Core Four the Fab Five, if not for a night in North Carolina

Originally Published: June 4, 2014
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

Baseball's amateur draft is a risky bet to begin with -- only about 17 percent of signed draft picks ever make it to the majors. But high school pitchers are the riskiest bet of all. That, plus the suddenness of his rise and fall, may be what sealed the legend of Brien Taylor.

Taylor, a shy, 6-foot-3 kid from a double-wide trailer in coastal Beaufort, N.C., was the last high school pitcher selected No. 1 overall in baseball's draft. The New York Yankees -- yes, they held the first pick ...

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