Hearn at Dyess Air Force Base in 2019
|Texas Rangers – No. 63|
|Born: August 30, 1994|
Royse City, Texas
|April 25, 2019, for the Texas Rangers|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Earned run average||108.00|
Hearn attended Royse City High School in Royse City, Texas. He was drafted after his senior year by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. Rather than sign, he chose to attend San Jacinto College to play college baseball. He was then drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB draft, but did not sign. After a second season at San Jacinto, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 25th round of the 2014 MLB draft. He chose to transfer to Oklahoma Baptist University instead of signing. After one year at Oklahoma Baptist, he was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB draft and signed.
Hearn spent the 2015 season with the both the rookie GCL Nationals and the Class A Short Season Auburn Doubledays, posting a 1–5 record and a 3.56 earned run average (ERA) in 12 games (11 starts). He began 2016 with the GCL Nationals and was later promoted to the Class A Hagerstown Suns.
On July 30, 2016, the Nationals traded Hearn along with Felipe Vázquez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mark Melancon. He played the rest of the season with their Class A West Virginia Power. In 18 games (7 starts) pitched between the Nationals, Doubledays, and Suns, he had a 2–1 record with a 2.44 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. Hearn played the entire 2017 season with the Class A-Advanced Bradenton Marauders, accumulating a 4–6 record and a 4.12 ERA in 19 games (18 starts). He began 2018 with the Double-A Altoona Curve and was selected for the Eastern League All-Star team.
Hearn was traded to the Texas Rangers, along with Sherten Apostel, in exchange for Keone Kela on July 30, 2018. He finished the year with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. In 24 starts between both clubs, he went 4–8 with a 3.49 ERA. The Rangers added him to their 40-man roster after the season. In 2019, Hearn was optioned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to open the season. In 4 games for Nashville, Hearn went 1–3 with a 4.05 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 20 innings.
Hearn was promoted to the Rangers on April 25, 2019, to make his major league debut that night against the Seattle Mariners. He pitched just 1⁄3 of an inning, allowing five runs (four earned). On April 26, he was placed on the injured list with inflammation in his left elbow. Hearn did not return to game action in 2019, as he battled reoccurrences of elbow inflammation.
Hearn's grandfather Cleo, father Robby, and three uncles are all former rodeo cowboys. Cleo Hearn holds many distinctions; he was the first African American to attend college on a rodeo scholarship, the first African American Marlboro Man, and the founder of The Cowboys of Color Rodeo. While serving in the US Army, Cleo also served on the Presidential Honor Guard under President John F. Kennedy. Taylor participated in rodeos growing up from the age 4 through age 17.
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