Chosen 37th overall in the first round of the 2010 draft, second baseman and left-handed batter Taylor Lindsey opted to take the money and forego college. A Scottsdale, Ariz., native and in his first season with the Travelers, he is batting .261 but has a .342 average through the last 10 games. Lindsey is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 7 prospect in the Angels’ organization.
Did you know you would be drafted so high after your high school career?
I was kind of expecting it. John Gracio, the scout who signed me, gave me idea of what would happen. Colleges started calling me at the end of my sophomore year. It has always been my dream to play baseball, ever since I started T-ball.
You played shortstop throughout your high school career and didn’t play second base until you were in the minors. Was that a difficult transition?
It was tough at first especially until I got comfortable and gained my confidence. Turning double plays was the hardest adjustment because everything is backwards. I’m fine with it (change) because I just want to be out there.
Are you happy with your career so far?
It’s going good, and I get to play every day. I just want to play baseball every day. My hitting is the big thing for me. I like to hit and make contact all the time.
Ever endured a slump?
The start of this year was by first big slump and was something I never experienced. I got over it because it was going to happen. I made some adjustments and just kept doing what I always do which is go to the batting cages. I go to the cages two to three times a day and battle. I’m always battling.
So, one distinct thing about you is you hold your hands lower than normal. How did that happen?
I don’t know. I’ve always held my hand low since I was little. When I make contact and get a good pitch, I can drive the ball.
I’m working on some different things and trying to keep my hands more at shoulder height. That will help me be quicker to the ball, and I won’t have to rush so much.
Anything in particular on which you are concentrating?
I’m working on defense a lot with Bogar (Tim, Travs manager). I’m also hitting every day and working on hitting to left field and left center.
What do you do in the off-season?
I like to go home and eat my Mom’s cooking. I also like to hunt and fish.
What are your goals besides the Big Leagues?
I want to take care of my family—my mom and two sisters—and help out as much as I can. They are coming next month (June) to see me play. My mom loves baseball, and she is the one who got me into trying baseball and soccer.
Being from Arizona, how is the Arkansas weather for you?
It is more humid, but it hasn’t been that bad. I hear in a couple of months it can be worse.