Date of Birth: 02/07/2017
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 245 lbs
College Experience: Le Moyne College
Resides: Clinton, NY
School Year: Redshirt Junior
BEFORE LE MOYNE: At The University of Buffalo… Appeared in 51 games while earning the start at first base in 48 as a redshirt freshman... turned into one of the most productive hitters on the team as he finished the season with 53 hits and a .283 batting average... ranked third on the squad in slugging percentage (.396) and sixth in on base percentage (.354)... finished the season with three home runs, 10 doubles, 28 RBI and 19 runs scored... ranked third on the squad in total bases (74)... had a career day at the plate against Mount St. Mary's (3/12) as he went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI... went 3-for-6 with one home run, three RBI and three runs scored against UT Martin (2/28)... had a 3-for-5 day at the plate vs. Hofstra (5/14) with one home run, one double and three RBI... reached base safely in the final nine games of the regular season... finished the season with 16 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games.
2015: Did not appear in a game as a freshman... redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played three years, including one as a captain, at Clinton High School for head coach Tom Pfisterer... led his team to a 18-6 record as a senior while compiling a .500 batting average, seven doubles, five triples, six home runs and 34 walks... as a senior he led his team to a CSC Conference Championship, a Class B section 3 championship and a state semifinal appearance... was named Class B first team All-State as a senior... set school records for on base percentage and walks in a season as a senior... also played one year of basketball in high school.
Personal: Born on July 14, 1996... son of Christopher and Maria Taft... has two brothers, Mike and Lenny, and one sister, Leah... lists his favorite athlete as Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers... his favorite movie of all-time is Zero Dark Thirty... enjoys listening to country music... was also recruited by St. Johns, Albany and Cincinatti... accounting major at UB.