Card: 2013 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects #TG
Christopher Taylor Guerrieri (born December 1, 1992 in Augusta, GA) is a professional baseball pitcher who has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays (2018) and Texas Rangers (2019). His nickname is "Googy." He also pitched in MiLB for the Seattle Mariners and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Tampa Bay Rays selected Taylor in the first round, with the 24th overall selection of the 2011 MLB draft. He signed with the Rays and pitched for the Hudson Valley Renegades of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League where he made the All-Star team. Before the 2012 season, MLB.com rated Guerrieri as the 99th best prospect in baseball.
Guerrieri started the 2013 season with a 6–2 win–loss record and a 2.01 ERA in 14 games started with the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Class A Midwest League and was chosen to represent the Rays at the 2013 All-Star Futures Game though he didn't pitch in the game due to an injury. He underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow on July 24, 2013.
Taylor rehabilitated from his injury and spent 2015 and 2016 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Montgomery Biscuits of the Class AA Southern League. He was promoted to the Durham Bulls of the Class AAA International League for 2017. However. after making two starts, he suffered an elbow injury and did not appear in another game.
On November 5, 2017, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Guerrieri on waivers. He pitched for the Buffalo Bisons of the International League in 2018. The Blue Jays promoted him to the major leagues on September 1, 2018. On November 2, 2018, Guerrieri cleared waivers and entered free agency. On July 16, 2019 the Rangers selected Guerrieri's contract. He appeared in 20 games for Texas in 2019.
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