Former Yankees prospect Brien Taylor arrested for cocaine trafficking

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Baseball fans who walked the Earth in awareness in 1991 know who Brien Taylor is.  The number one overall pick of the draft, taken by the New York Yankees, and expected to be anchoring their rotation within a year or two.

As most folks know, his career flamed out not long after he severely injured his shoulder in an offseason fight.  Since then he’s meandered through life, worked odd jobs and has occasionally popped up in the news due to various legal troubles.

Now he has a far bigger set of legal troubles than he has ever faced.  This, via Deadspin, from the JD News in Jacksonville, North Carolina:

Taylor is charged with two counts each of trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by sell, trafficking in cocaine by deliver, trafficking in cocaine by manufacture, trafficking in cocaine by transport, and felony maintaining a vehicle.

He is also charged with one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and sell and deliver cocaine.

Not cool.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.