The bearded one had a nice week.
Taylor Bryant, who now plays for the GCL Cardinals (a St. Louis Cardinals affiliation), put together an impressive 10-game streak where he hit .467 and knocked out his first home run on September 2nd.
In a stretch that ran from August 19 to September 2, Bryant collected 14 hits and crossed the plate seven times. Even more impressive is that he had a hit in every game except for his scrimmage on August 22, where he went 0-1, and has only struck out four times in 30 at-bats.
If you’ve ever watched Bryant play at Goodwin, then you’d know that he was a versatile defender who could pretty much make any throw (at any angle that he wanted). The guy just seemed like an absolute wizard with his arm. And it appears the Cardinals are playing towards Bryant’s strengths.
In his 43 games as a pro, Bryant has seen action at first base (nine games), third base (7 games), while primarily playing shortstop (22 games).
Last season and fresh off another College World Series berth, Bryant and other staples of that team were chosen in the 2017 draft. Bryant, who primarily played third base for the Titans, was drafted by the Cardinals in the 33rd round (994 pick).
However, one of his many highlights from the season didn’t include what he did on the field, but how he groomed off of it.
Bryant perhaps grew one of the most impressive beards this school has ever seen, and was even highlighted for his massive mane on ESPN during their College World Series berth.
Although we were disappointed to see Bryant go, we hope he continues to keep hitting on the field and growing his beard off of it. Judging by his current player profile on the GCL Cardinals page, it appears he’s gone with the more clean shaven approach.