<em>Baseball America</em> Names Michael Taylor Third Team Preseason All-American

Jan. 19, 2007

Durham, N.C. - Michael Taylor was named a Third Team Preseason All-American by Baseball America for the second consecutive season on Friday to become the first Stanford player to earn 2007 Preseason All-American honors. Taylor is also on the 2007 Wallace Award Watch List, a group of the nation's top players being tracked by the College Baseball Foundation for the organization's award that annually recognizes the top collegiate player in the country.

Taylor, a 6-6, 260 pound junior outfielder from Apopka, Florida, is Stanford's active career leader in nearly every offensive category, including batting average among players with enough at bats to qualify (.307), home runs (9) and RBI (67).

He is looking for a breakout season statistically after putting up solid numbers in each of first two campaigns on The Farm. Taylor hit .325 with five homers, 39 RBI and two stolen bases last year to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. As a rookie in 2005, he hit .289 with four homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases. He also became the first Stanford player since 1998 to hit for the cycle when he accomplished the feat versus San Jose State on April 19, 2005.

'We're looking for a big year from Michael,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'He has all the tools physically and is really ready to go in 2007.'

Taylor was also honored by Baseball America during the summer of 2005 when he was named the publication's top prospect in the Alaska Baseball League after hitting .328 with four homers, 25 RBI and 25 stolen bases to earn First Team All-ABL honors for the second place Mat-Su Miners.

Stanford is in the midst of preparing for the 2007 season, which begins at No. 14 Cal State Fullerton with a three-game series Friday-Sunday, February 2-4 (7 pm, 6 pm, 12 pm, PT). Stanford will welcome Fresno State to Sunken Diamond for its first home series of the season the following Friday-Sunday, February 9-11 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).

Stanford has already garnered a pair of Top 25 national rankings in preseason polls from Collegiate Baseball (No. 23) and the NCBWA (No. 24). Baseball America tabbed Stanford as the No. 31 team in the nation in its 2007 preseason Top 50, while the Cardinal is among teams considered in the Rivals.com poll.

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