During the All-Star break, Royse City left-hander Taylor Hearn ranks among the batting leaders of the Texas Rangers pitching team.
Hearn, whose fastball was timed in the upper 90s, struck out 62 in 67 innings to rank fourth on the team behind Jon Gray (100 for 89 2/3), Martin Perez (95 for 111) and Dane Dunning (84 in 95 2/3).
Hearn owns a 4-6 season record and a 5.78 ERA. He allowed 80 hits and 32 walks. Opposing batters are batting .292 against him.
Hearn was in the starting rotation and started Rangers’ first home game as his sister Robyn covered the event for a television station.
He struggled at some starts and was moved to the relief pitching role. He was then picked on June 25 for minor league Triple-A team Rangers in Round Rock. He started two games at Round Rock, allowing six hits and five earned runs over 10 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 16.
Hearn is back on the Rangers staff and in his last outing on July 15, he allowed five hits and two earned runs in four innings pitched against the Mariners. He struck out seven and walked two.
He pitched in high school for the Royse City Bulldogs and in college at San Jacinto College and Oklahoma Baptist before the Washington Nationals snapped Hearn in the fifth round in 2015.
He was first traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and then to the Rangers in 2018.