Evansville’s McGuff, Taylor signed by Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed right-handed pitcher Patrick McGuff and outfielder Logan Taylor.

McGuff, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, was drafted in the 36th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins from Morehead State University.

From 2016-17, McGuff split time between the GCL Twins, Elizabethton and Cedar Rapids. In 49 appearances in affiliated baseball, he went 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 12 saves. He pitched 82 1/3 innings and struck out 95 batters.

“Patrick certainly deserves this opportunity,” Evansville manager Andy McCauley said. “He was one of the top starters in the Frontier League.”

With Evansville this season, McGuff started five games and went 3-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings.

“I enjoyed being around Patrick,” McCauley said. “I wish him the best of luck with his hometown Reds.”

Taylor, a Lexington, Ky. native, appeared in six games for the Otters and he went 13 for 23 with a .565 batting average over that span.

He was drafted in the 16th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox out of the University of Louisville.

“Logan made the most of his time in Evansville and he provided a big boost to our offense,” McCauley said. “We will miss his bat in our lineup and we wish him the best.”

Splitting time between the AZL White Sox and Great Falls in 2017, Taylor appeared in 49 games and batted .310 with 21 RBIs during his last stint in affiliated baseball.

The Otters have had 73 players in franchise history sign with a MLB organization out of Evansville. Pitcher Luc Rennie was signed earlier this week by the New York Mets and was assigned to the Columbia Fireflies.

Evansville returns to Bosse Field Tuesday, July 17, at 6:35 p.m. for the first of three against Lake Erie.

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