OREM — Former Northridge and Salt Lake Community College baseball star Dominique Taylor recently began his professional career with the Idaho Falls Chukars. Taylor was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round of this year's draft and was immediately assigned to Idaho Falls. Taylor is batting .260 through 15 games this season and recently had a walk-off single against the Ogden Raptors on June 30. Deseret News sports writer Brandon Gurney caught up with Taylor when he was back in town to play the Orem Owlz and asked him five questions about his early minor league experience.
Q. How has your minor league experience been so far?
Taylor: This is seriously a dream come true for me right now. I remember growing up and attending Ogden Raptor games and thinking of how unbelievable it would be to be part of a rookie team after getting drafted, and here I am playing for a team in the same league as the Raptors. It's seriously unbelievable and absolutely a dream come true for me.
Q. Do you like playing so close to home?
Taylor: That's been one of the best things so far for me and my family. My parents come up all the time to see me play since Idaho Falls is so close to where I grew up. I think them being so close to me has helped with the transition and it's always great to get support and my family provides awesome support for me and always have.
Q. How does it feel to come back to Utah to play?
Taylor: I love this state and I have so many great memories here. My coaches at both Northridge and at Salt Lake Community College helped me so much to reach the point where I'm at today. I love that I can come back home and play because I have so much support here.
Q. How did it feel to beat the Raptors with a walk-off single?
Taylor: That was the most unbelievable feeling ever and I hope I get the opportunity to do that again because it was incredible to have all your teammates there cheering for you. I knew a curveball was coming and I just swung as hard as I could and fortunately things worked out. Like I said, it was an incredible feeling.
Q. What's the most important thing to focus on throughout your rookie year?
Taylor: It's important to just stay patient and focus on the things that got you here. It's baseball and even though we started late it's still a long season and you just have to remember that. You're going to have some games in a row where you don't get a hit, but you're also going to have some good hitting streaks. That's baseball and the approach I'm taking is a patient one and hopefully I continue to progress and move up for next year. Right now I'm just settling in and I'm having the time of my life.