GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Former Grand Junction High School baseball standout Owen Taylor was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 27th round of the MLB Draft on Saturday.
On Monday he spoke out about the decision now at hand - continue his education and amateur career with the Division I Kansas Jayhawks or start his professional career in the Majors.
Taylor originally committed to Kansas, signing his National Letter of Intent this past November, but the draw of pro ball is one he's seriously considering.
"I worked very hard to sign as a Division I athlete to go play in the Big 12 Conference with the Kansas Jayhawks," he said, "but from day one I've been working toward the Major Leagues, and if this is my shot and it works out I'm definitely going to go for it."
Taylor's junior year marked the best season of his athletic career. He hit .483 with 24 runs, 31 RBI, and four home runs. As a senior, he averaged .266 with 21 runs, 15 RBI, two doubles, and two triples.
Draftees have until the July 18 deadline to sign a contract.