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Timber Rattlers CF Tyrone Taylor on a Torrid Stretch

Taylor was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Month after batting .438 in June.   
It's hard to top the torrid month Timber Rattlers center fielder Tyrone Taylor just put together.

The 19-year old batted .438, slugged three homers, nine doubles, knocked in 13 runs while scoring 20 himself, and also got on base 16 other times via a walk or hit by pitch.  Thanks to those eye-popping numbers, Taylor was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Month for June.

"It's for sure a special honor for me; it's a great accomplishment," Taylor said Wednesday.  "It means a lot to me actually.  It's a reminder for me that I have to keep working hard to get to where I want to be."

Of course that's the big leagues, and T-Rats Manager Matt Erickson believes the 2012 second round pick of the Brewers has the skills to go a long way.

"He's a 5-tool player," said Erickson.  "He helps us in all aspects of the game.  He's got some speed, plays a good center field going gap to gap. Then with the bat you've really seen his confidence improve dramatically over the 3 months we've been here."

Taylor didn't have the typical upbringing in Torrance, California.  His mother was just 15 years old when she gave birth to him.  Some kids' world would be turned upside down in that situation, but Taylor credits his mom for where he is today.

"She's a great mom," Taylor said.  "It's tough when you're that young.  She always helped me get to the right places, and that's really why I'm here right now."

Just like his mom had to grow up fast then, Taylor is doing the same going straight from high school to professional baseball.

"This is quite a bit different," Erickson said.  "That's quite a big jump for him competition wise and he's holding his own and excelling."

"I feel like I'm getting better in every aspect of my game right now," adds Taylor.  "I'm getting more confident at the plate, comfortable around all my teammates, and I'm just having fun out here."

For Taylor's complete season stats click here: http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=621438
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