|Position:||Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach|
Former professional pitcher and Major League Baseball scout Matt Taylor was named the pitching coach on the Georgia State baseball staff in August 2019.
Taylor comes to GSU after spending the last two seasons working in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a scouting assistant and then area supervisor. In the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the Pirates drafted six players from his Georgia/South Carolina territory, more than any other scout.
Before joining the Pirates organization, Taylor spent one season (2017) in player development with the Baltimore Orioles, the team that selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.
“Matt played at a high level, and he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, both from his playing career and his time in scouting and the front office,” Georgia State head coach Brad Stromdahl said. “I’m excited to watch him develop our pitchers.”
A left-handed pitcher, Taylor played seven seasons in the Orioles system. Among his pro ball highlights, he was the 2013 Delmarva Shorebirds Mountaire Player of the Year and a 2014 Carolina League All-Star. He also played one winter (2015) with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League.
During his playing career, Taylor worked with Unlimited Potential Inc., a Christian baseball organization, conducting camps in Guatemala and assisting with the Guatemala Junior National Baseball Team.
A native of Columbus, Ga., Taylor was a prep All-American and Georgia Player of the Year at Columbus High School in 2009 and was drafted by the Pirates but did not sign. He played one season at Alabama (2010), helping the Crimson Tide reach the NCAA Super Regional round, and one season at Middle Georgia College (2011), where he earned all-conference honors.
Taylor earned his degree in sociology from Columbus State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2017.