Gallagher And Taylor Taken On First Day Of 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 7, 2007
New York, N.Y. - Stanford junior righthanded pitcher Nolan Gallagher and junior outfielder Michael Taylor have been selected in Thursday's first round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Gallagher was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round (135th pick overall), while Taylor was a fifth round choice of the Philadelphia Phillies (173rd pick overall).
The two-day 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft concludes on Friday, June 8. Stay tuned to gostanford.com for the latest updates on Stanford players selected in the draft. The entire draft can be followed at mlb.com.
NOLAN GALLAGHER (Seattle Mariners, 4th Round, 135th Overall Selection)
Gallagher spent most of his junior 2007 season in Stanford's starting pitching rotation before being moved to the bullpen late in the campaign. Gallagher (5-6, 7.27 ERA, 1 SV, 64.1 IP, 48 SO) led the club in victories, while ranking third in both strikeouts and starts (11). He made 19 appearances and also had the team's only shutout of the season and one of the club's three complete games. He worked 5.0 innings of scoreless relief in a pair of appearances on May 25 and May 27 to help Stanford to a three-game sweep in its final series of the year at USC.
Gallagher has a career 12-16 collegiate record with a 4.82 ERA and four saves over 64 appearances and 21 starts. He has also added two complete games and a shutout with 159 strikeouts in 185.0 innings pitched.
Gallagher was selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft for the first time.
MICHAEL TAYLOR (Philadelphia Phillies, 5th Round, 173rd Overall Selection)
Taylor earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career as a junior in 2007 when he had career-bests in nearly every offensive category during his 2007 junior season, including home runs (12), RBI (59), batting average (.335) and hits (78). He also added career-bests with 16 doubles, 136 total bases and a .584 slugging percentage, while equaling career-highs in triples (3) and on-base percentage (.395). Taylor paced the team in RBI and doubles, while co-leading the club in homers, at bats, total bases and slugging percentage. Taylor finished his 2007 campaign on a tear with a career-high 12-game hit streak and had multiple-hit games in 16 of his last 19 contests with a .429 batting average, seven homers and 31 RBI during the run.
Taylor has put up solid numbers during his three seasons at Stanford (2005-07) with a career .316 batting average, 21 homers and 126 RBI. He has also added 124 runs scored, 217 hits, 45 doubles, eight triples, 341 total bases, 63 walks, 21 hit by pitches and 12 stolen bases to go with a .497 slugging percentage and a .385 on-base mark. Taylor has also been extremely durable during his collegiate career, playing in 174 of 176 possible games with 173 starts, including 140 in a row during one stretch.
Taylor was selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft for the first time.