Friday was the day Will Taylor had been looking forward to for a long seven months. To be at the plate and on the field playing a game you’ve mastered and love is a special moment. God, how I love a good comeback story.
Taylor had been recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Clemson football’s Oct. 2 matchup with Boston College. In the Tigers’ 9-3 victory in his baseball debut, he finished 1-4 with one run and one hit. While he will no doubt have better moments, Friday’s moment will, most likely, be at the top of the list.
Taylor is a spark this team needs at this exact moment in the season. He brings a different dynamic to the lineup.
While just a freshman, he is most probably the best athlete on the field. If he had entered last year’s Major League Baseball Draft, he would have been a shoe-in, first-round pick. He’s a pro and he has the legitimate skill to prove it. Luckily, he chose Clemson.
The eight remaining games for fans will be an appetizer for the feast of next season. These last few games will also be an opportunity for Taylor to make his freshman season a personal success. A short but successful one.
I am going to resist the urge to skip the next two weeks of pressure-packed baseball and focus on what Taylor’s return to Death Valley means for Dabo Swinney’s program. That will make for another story on another day. Today, it’s all about the baseball team.
I know Monte Lee is amongst the happiest to see Taylor back and he should. As this team seems to edge closer to postseason play, Lee will need the use of every tool in his drawer and Taylor is one of the most powerful tools he possesses. Go forth and prosper Will Taylor, it’s great to have you back. It’s been way too long.
Clemson and Florida State have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
Clemson vs Florida Atlantic: Depth Charts
The ninth-ranked Tigers will travel to Duke to face off with the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 8 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.