Brian Taylor, the former No. 1 overall pick and one-time elite Yankees pitching prospect, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison for distributing crack cocaine.
Taylor, who’s now 40 years old, was arrested in March after undercover police bought what the Associated Press describes as “a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him” during a multiple-month period. He plead guilty in August.
Taylor got a $1.55 million signing bonus in 1991 and was considered the best pitching prospect in baseball before he suffered significant shoulder injuries during a fist fight. He missed the entire 1994 season and was never the same, failing to reach the majors.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.