By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
Curtis Taylor and Alex Webb are two birds that flock together.
They spent the summer pitching for the Kelowna Falcons in the West Coast summer college league for collegians.
And now they’ll return to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
Both Taylor (Port Coquitlam, BC) and Webb (Surrey, BC) earned spots on the West Coast top 30 prospects list according to the Perfect Game USA scouting bureau.
Taylor, who pitched for the Coquitlam Reds, was 3-3 with a 3.37 ERA and two saves in 10 games making seven starts. He walked 15 and struck out 36 in 45 1/3 innings. He ranked No. 8 for the Falcons who won the East Division going 34-19.
And Webb, who pitched for the White Rock Titans, was drafted this June by the San Diego Padres, was 2-2 with three saves in 12 games, which included one start. Webb walked 10 and struck out 30 in 27 2/3 innings. He was ranked 14th.
Last spring for UBC, Taylor was 4-2 with 12 saves and a 1.02 ERA. In 24 games, including two starts, he walked 13 and fanned 51 in 53 innings holding opponents to a .153 average.
Webb was 10-3 with a 2.15 ERA in 15 games making 13 starts. He walked 22 and fanned 97 in 88 innings holding opposing hitters to a .215 average.
RK Player POS B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2016 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Cadyn Grenier SS R-R 5-11 180 Henderson NV Oregon State# FR 2018 Cardinals ‘15 (21)
8 Curtis Taylor RHP R-R 6-5 210 Port Coquitlam BC British Columbia JR 2016 Never drafted
Taylor was a dominant closer for the University of British Columbia (NAIA) this spring and he effectively transitioned to a starting role for Kelowna this summer. While his strikeout rate was slightly down this summer (36 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings), Taylor did turn heads by touching 95 mph with his fastball. Taylor’s slider and split are at least average pitches currently but it’s his highly projectible 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame that makes him a very interesting draft prospect.
14 Alex Webb RHP R-R 6-2 200 Surrey BC British Columbia SR 2016 Padres ‘15 (36)
Webb, who was the ace the University of British Columbia staff last spring, switched roles with teammate Curtis Taylor this summer for Kelowna as Webb moved to the back end of the bullpen. He was dominant this spring and again very good this summer, pitching to an ERA of 2.60 with 30 strikeouts in just over 27 innings. Webb, who goes 6-foot-2 and 200-pounds, lacks the projection of Taylor but his fastball did work into the low-90s this summer.
(# Denotes incoming freshman)