TAYLOR Lynn HEARN
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   LHP
Home: N/A Team:   RANGERS
Height: 6' 5" Bats:   L
Weight: 210 Throws:   L
DOB: 8/30/1994 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 73  
Birth City: Royse City, TX
Draft: Nationals #5 - 2015 - Out of Oklahoma Baptist Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2015 NYP AUBURN   10 43 49 38 13 10 0 0 0 1 5   3.98
2015 GCL GCL-Nationals   2 5 4 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2016 SAL WEST VIRGINIA   8 22.2 15 36 10 3 0 0 0 1 1   1.99
2016 GCL GCL-Nationals   2 6.1 2 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 0   1.42
2016 SAL HAGERSTOWN   8 22.2 25 31 7 2 0 0 0 1 0   3.18
2017 GCL GULF COAST   1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2017 FSL BRADENTON   18 87.1 65 106 37 17 0 0 0 4 6   4.12
2018 TL FRISCO   5 25 29 33 9 5 0 0 0 1 2   5.04
2018 EL ALTOONA   19 104 75 107 38 19 2 1 0 3 6   3.12
2019 PCL NASHVILLE   4 20 14 26 10 4 0 0 0 1 3   4.05
2019 AL RANGERS   1 0.1 3 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.75 108.00
2020 AL RANGERS $153.00 14 17.1 13 23 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.206 3.63
2021 AL RANGERS   42 104 96 92 42 11 0 0 0 6 6 0.247 4.66
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  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2015, CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 9-0 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 3. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">50 CLASS="highlight"> ERA CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 15 CLASS="highlight"> games, CLASS="highlight"> striking CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> 71 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 64 CLASS="highlight"> innings CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma CLASS="highlight"> Baptist. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2015: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> 5th CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> pick, CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma CLASS="highlight"> Baptist CLASS="highlight"> University. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> $275,000 CLASS="highlight"> bonus, CLASS="highlight"> via CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Ed CLASS="highlight"> Gustafson. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fourth-straight CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> drafted! CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 22nd-round CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pirates CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 36th-round CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> freshman CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Jacinto CLASS="highlight"> (Calif) CLASS="highlight"> CC CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 25th-round CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Twins CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2014. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 28th-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals' CLASS="highlight"> organization.

    He CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> #13 CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2017 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> opened, CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> acquired CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pirates. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> 9th-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2018. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #28 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> traded CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • Rodeo: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Calgary CLASS="highlight"> Stampede CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> Finals CLASS="highlight"> Rodeos CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> question. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> Hearn’s CLASS="highlight"> ultimate CLASS="highlight"> dream.

    “When CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> growing CLASS="highlight"> up, CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> stars CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> bigger CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> stars,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said.

    That’s CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> cowboys CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> saw CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> grandfather, CLASS="highlight"> Cleo, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> father, CLASS="highlight"> Robby. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> deep CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> rest CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> growing CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> small CLASS="highlight"> towns CLASS="highlight"> east CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Dallas.

    From CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 4 CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> old CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Royse CLASS="highlight"> City CLASS="highlight"> High, CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> competed CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> calf CLASS="highlight"> roping CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> rodeos CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> across CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> country.

    Hearn, CLASS="highlight"> acquired CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pirates CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> summer, CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> talented CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> pitchers CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> represent CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> franchise. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 11 CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Texas' CLASS="highlight"> Top CLASS="highlight"> 30 CLASS="highlight"> Prospects CLASS="highlight"> list, CLASS="highlight"> per CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Pipeline. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> native CLASS="highlight"> Texan CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> proud CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> prominent CLASS="highlight"> African-American CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> legacy CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> well.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> riding CLASS="highlight"> horses CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 4 CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> 5 CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> old,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said.

    His CLASS="highlight"> grandfather CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> legend, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> native CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Seminole, CLASS="highlight"> Okla., CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> African CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> attend CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> scholarship CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> calf CLASS="highlight"> roping CLASS="highlight"> event CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1970 CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Denver CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> Rodeo. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> Cowboys CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Color CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> event CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Fort CLASS="highlight"> Worth CLASS="highlight"> Stock CLASS="highlight"> Show. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> Trail CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Fame CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Fort CLASS="highlight"> Worth CLASS="highlight"> Stockyards. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> (T.R. CLASS="highlight"> Sullivan CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Feb. CLASS="highlight"> 24, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

  • Cleo’s CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> sons CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> rodeo. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> includes CLASS="highlight"> Robby CLASS="highlight"> Hearn, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> works CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> accountant CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Sixth CLASS="highlight"> Floor CLASS="highlight"> Museum CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Dallas CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> competes CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> events. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    “He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> good,” CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “He CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> uncle CLASS="highlight"> Wendell CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> I’ve CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> seen. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> My CLASS="highlight"> parents CLASS="highlight"> stuck CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> horse CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 4 CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> old, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> riding CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> since. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> force CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> upon CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> decided CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fun. CLASS="highlight"> Plus, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> mind CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> weekends.”

    Standard CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> events CLASS="highlight"> include CLASS="highlight"> calf CLASS="highlight"> roping, CLASS="highlight"> bronco CLASS="highlight"> busting CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> steer CLASS="highlight"> wrestling. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> stuck CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> calf CLASS="highlight"> roping CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> stayed CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> busting CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> wrestling.

    “Calf CLASS="highlight"> roping CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> safer CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> at,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said.

    Baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> sports CLASS="highlight"> kept CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> deep CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sport, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> travel CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> North CLASS="highlight"> Dakota, CLASS="highlight"> Wyoming CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Nebraska CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> compete CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> rodeos. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> African-American CLASS="highlight"> cowboys CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> looked CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> Cory CLASS="highlight"> Solomon, CLASS="highlight"> Bud CLASS="highlight"> Ford CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> eight-time CLASS="highlight"> world CLASS="highlight"> champion CLASS="highlight"> Fred CLASS="highlight"> Whitfield.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> well,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 13 CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> 14, CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> 150 CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 200 CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> there. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> rounds, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> $300-$400.”

    One CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> calf CLASS="highlight"> roping CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> developing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> powerful CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> arm, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight">

    “I CLASS="highlight"> throw CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> arm CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> rope CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> arm,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “The CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> meeting CLASS="highlight"> people. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> you’d CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> TV CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> meet CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> roping CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 7 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> stop CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 15 CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 16.” CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> (T.R. CLASS="highlight"> Sullivan CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Feb. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 24, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

  • Nov CLASS="highlight"> 22, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> sighting. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> left-handed CLASS="highlight"> pitcher, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> seemed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> disappear CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> almost CLASS="highlight"> seven CLASS="highlight"> months, CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Academy. CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> along CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> Joey CLASS="highlight"> Gallo, CLASS="highlight"> Nomar CLASS="highlight"> Mazara CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Jeffrey CLASS="highlight"> Springs CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> distribute CLASS="highlight"> Thanksgiving CLASS="highlight"> dinners.

    “This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> I’ve CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> especially CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> town,” CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Hearn, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> nearby CLASS="highlight"> Royse CLASS="highlight"> City. CLASS="highlight"> “Just CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> jersey CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> families CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> anybody CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> need. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> type CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> stuff, CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> giving CLASS="highlight"> back.”

    This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> annual CLASS="highlight"> event CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers, CLASS="highlight"> sponsored CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Power CLASS="highlight"> 2 CLASS="highlight"> Change CLASS="highlight"> Foundation CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Buckner CLASS="highlight"> Children CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Family CLASS="highlight"> Services. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> deserving CLASS="highlight"> families CLASS="highlight"> receiving CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> dinners CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> selected CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Buckner CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dallas CLASS="highlight"> Housing CLASS="highlight"> Authority.

    “It’s CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> community CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> hand CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> food,” CLASS="highlight"> Gallo CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “It’s CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> event CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> doing.”

    It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> especially CLASS="highlight"> important CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Hearn. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> go-ahead CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> begin CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> throwing CLASS="highlight"> program CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> signs CLASS="highlight"> pointing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> strength CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> tremendous CLASS="highlight"> boost CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Hearn. CLASS="highlight"> Everybody CLASS="highlight"> needs CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> thankful CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Thanksgiving CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Hearn, CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> simply CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> healthy CLASS="highlight"> again CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> past CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> season.

    “It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> rough,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “Last CLASS="highlight"> [season] CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> rough, CLASS="highlight"> especially CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arizona CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> rehabbing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> wanting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> watch CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers' CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> 2-3 CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> hard.”

    It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> almost CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> everybody CLASS="highlight"> forgot CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> rookie CLASS="highlight"> left-handers CLASS="highlight"> Joe CLASS="highlight"> Palumbo, CLASS="highlight"> Brock CLASS="highlight"> Burke CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Kolby CLASS="highlight"> Allard CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season.

    “If CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> did, CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> fine,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> am CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> resurface CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training. CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> worried CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it.”

    Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> prospects CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plan CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> extended CLASS="highlight"> development CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Triple CLASS="highlight"> A. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> changed CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> April CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> Edinson CLASS="highlight"> Vólquez CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Drew CLASS="highlight"> Smyly CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> injured CLASS="highlight"> list CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> starting CLASS="highlight"> pitcher. 

  • Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> called CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Mariners CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> April CLASS="highlight"> 25. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> problem CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> soreness CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> elbow CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> anybody.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “But CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> going, CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> arm CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> well. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> arm CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> going. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> serious CLASS="highlight"> pain.”

    Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> diagnosed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> strained CLASS="highlight"> ligament CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> elbow CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> sent CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> complex CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Surprise, CLASS="highlight"> Ariz., CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rehab CLASS="highlight"> program. CLASS="highlight"> By CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> June, CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> progressed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> close CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> experiencing CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> discomfort. CLASS="highlight"> Further CLASS="highlight"> examination CLASS="highlight"> revealed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fracture CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> elbow.

    Hearn CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> pitch CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> resume CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> throwing CLASS="highlight"> program. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> August.

    “It CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> confidence CLASS="highlight"> back,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “When CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> throwing CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> rough CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> scared.”

    Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> confidence CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> stretched CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 120 CLASS="highlight"> feet CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> throw CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> pain. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> rehab CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> Burke, CLASS="highlight"> Palumbo CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Allard CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> happy CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> them,” CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> pulling CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> I’d CLASS="highlight"> watch CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> starts, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I’d CLASS="highlight"> watch CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> innings CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> cut CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> TV CLASS="highlight"> off.”

    He CLASS="highlight"> finished CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> rehab CLASS="highlight"> program CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> bullpen CLASS="highlight"> sessions CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> mound. CLASS="highlight"> Everything CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> well.

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    Hearn CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> begins CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> normal CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> throwing CLASS="highlight"> program. CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> enjoy CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> Thanksgiving CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> share CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> joy CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> West CLASS="highlight"> Dallas. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> (TR CLASS="highlight"> Sullivan CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Nov CLASS="highlight"> 22, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 15, CLASS="highlight"> 2020: Rangers CLASS="highlight"> left-hander CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> covered CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> wide CLASS="highlight"> range CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> topics CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> webinar CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Baseball's CLASS="highlight"> RBI CLASS="highlight"> (Reviving CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Inner CLASS="highlight"> Cities) CLASS="highlight"> program. CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> talked CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> pitching. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> talked CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> importance CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> placed CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> education CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> player. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> talked, CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> course, CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> rodeo.

    Yes, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 6-foot-5, CLASS="highlight"> 210-pound CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> quite CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> accomplished CLASS="highlight"> calf-roper, CLASS="highlight"> and, CLASS="highlight"> what's CLASS="highlight"> more, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> comes CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> line CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> Hearn's CLASS="highlight"> grandfather, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> fact, CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> legend CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> owns CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bit CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> history CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> Cleo CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> African CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> attend CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rodeo CLASS="highlight"> scholarship. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> African CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> calf CLASS="highlight"> roping CLASS="highlight"> event CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1970 CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Denver CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> Rodeo.

    Cleo CLASS="highlight"> passed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> calf-roping CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> sons, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> passed CLASS="highlight"> along CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> generation, CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> Taylor, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> riding CLASS="highlight"> horses CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> 4 CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> old.

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  • Coming CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> Juneteenth. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> backdrop, CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> several CLASS="highlight"> webinars CLASS="highlight"> planned CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> week CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> goal CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> reach CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> people, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> touch CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> social CLASS="highlight"> issues CLASS="highlight"> within CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sport. CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> present CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> roundtable CLASS="highlight"> chat CLASS="highlight"> titled CLASS="highlight"> "Being CLASS="highlight"> Black CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> & CLASS="highlight"> America," CLASS="highlight"> hosted CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Network CLASS="highlight"> analyst CLASS="highlight"> Harold CLASS="highlight"> Reynolds CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> featuring CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> Bell, CLASS="highlight"> Jon CLASS="highlight"> Duplantier CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Sterling CLASS="highlight"> Sharp, CLASS="highlight"> along CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> education CLASS="highlight"> ambassador CLASS="highlight"> Sharon CLASS="highlight"> Robinson. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> available CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> MLB's CLASS="highlight"> YouTube CLASS="highlight"> channel.

    The CLASS="highlight"> session CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> specifically CLASS="highlight"> geared CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> instead CLASS="highlight"> are, CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> country, CLASS="highlight"> absorbing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> weight CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> serve CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sharp CLASS="highlight"> contrast CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> carefree CLASS="highlight"> summers CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> past.

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    "Try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> understand, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> listen," CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> biggest CLASS="highlight"> problem CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> conversations CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> people, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> nobody CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> sit CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> listen. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> embraced CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> me.

    "I've CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> listener. CLASS="highlight"> People CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> 'You CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> much.' CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> listening CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> you. CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> perspective—whether CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> life. CLASS="highlight"> Especially CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> now."

    After CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> participant CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> white CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> administrators CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> promote CLASS="highlight"> inclusion CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> youth CLASS="highlight"> leagues, CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> shared CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> experiences CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> often CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lone CLASS="highlight"> black CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> teams CLASS="highlight"> growing CLASS="highlight"> up.

    He CLASS="highlight"> again CLASS="highlight"> stressed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> importance CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> communication.

    "Even CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> times, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> clubhouses CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> pro CLASS="highlight"> ball, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> black CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team," CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "The CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> nice CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> respectful CLASS="highlight"> people, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> open—don't CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> timid CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> conversations. CLASS="highlight"> At CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> color. CLASS="highlight"> We're CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> coaches." CLASS="highlight"> (A CLASS="highlight"> Footer CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> June CLASS="highlight"> 15, CLASS="highlight"> 2020)

  • Rangers CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> launched CLASS="highlight"> “Taylor CLASS="highlight"> Hearn’s CLASS="highlight"> Week CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Giving.”

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    “Thanksgiving CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> giving CLASS="highlight"> thanks CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> have, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> giving CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> helping CLASS="highlight"> hand CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> need,” CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Hearn. CLASS="highlight"> “I’m CLASS="highlight"> fortunate CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> am CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> community CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> am CLASS="highlight"> grateful CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> partners CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> possible.”Earlier CLASS="highlight"> today, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Kroger, CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on-site CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Kennedy-Curry CLASS="highlight"> Middle CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> donate CLASS="highlight"> $100 CLASS="highlight"> grocery CLASS="highlight"> store CLASS="highlight"> gift CLASS="highlight"> cards CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 52 CLASS="highlight"> families. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> $5,200 CLASS="highlight"> donation, CLASS="highlight"> presented CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Kennedy-Curry CLASS="highlight"> Principal CLASS="highlight"> Patrice CLASS="highlight"> Ruffin-Brown, CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> families CLASS="highlight"> fill CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> Thanksgiving CLASS="highlight"> tables.

    Hearn CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> several CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> assist CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Thanksgiving CLASS="highlight"> turkey CLASS="highlight"> distribution CLASS="highlight"> hosted CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> nonprofit CLASS="highlight"> Buckner CLASS="highlight"> International. CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> West CLASS="highlight"> Dallas CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 4:30 CLASS="highlight"> p.m. CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hand CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> turkeys, CLASS="highlight"> pies, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sides CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 250 CLASS="highlight"> preregistered CLASS="highlight"> families.

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  • April CLASS="highlight"> 11, CLASS="highlight"> 2022: CLASS="highlight"> While CLASS="highlight"> ultimately CLASS="highlight"> saddled CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> no-decision CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers' CLASS="highlight"> 6-4 CLASS="highlight"> loss CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rockies CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Monday, CLASS="highlight"> starting CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> special CLASS="highlight"> postgame CLASS="highlight"> press CLASS="highlight"> conference.

    It CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> microphone CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> handed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Robyn CLASS="highlight"> Hearn, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sports CLASS="highlight"> director CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> KAUZ CLASS="highlight"> News CLASS="highlight"> Channel CLASS="highlight"> 6 CLASS="highlight"> covering CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Taylor's CLASS="highlight"> younger CLASS="highlight"> sister. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    While CLASS="highlight"> Robyn CLASS="highlight"> posed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lighthearted CLASS="highlight"> question, CLASS="highlight"> asking CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> brother's CLASS="highlight"> recovery CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rough CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> inning CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> special CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> press CLASS="highlight"> box, CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> opportunity CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> deliver CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> heartfelt CLASS="highlight"> message CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> person, CLASS="highlight"> thanking CLASS="highlight"> Robyn CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> support CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> expressing CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> desire CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> example CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> her. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">  Obviously, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> exchange CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sweet CLASS="highlight"> moment—and CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> reason CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hope CLASS="highlight"> Robyn CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> few CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> (Shanthi CLASS="highlight"> Sepe-Chepuru)

    TRANSACTIONS CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2015: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> 5th CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> pick, CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma CLASS="highlight"> Baptist CLASS="highlight"> University. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> $275,000 CLASS="highlight"> bonus, CLASS="highlight"> via CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Ed CLASS="highlight"> Gustafson. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 30, CLASS="highlight"> 2016: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> traded CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Filepe CLASS="highlight"> Rivero CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pirates CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> RHP CLASS="highlight"> Mark CLASS="highlight"> Melancon. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 31, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> traded CLASS="highlight"> RHP CLASS="highlight"> Keone CLASS="highlight"> Kela CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Pittsburgh CLASS="highlight"> Pirates CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Player CLASS="highlight"> To CLASS="highlight"> Be CLASS="highlight"> Named CLASS="highlight"> Later. CLASS="highlight"> /> CLASS="highlight"> />
  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 13, CLASS="highlight"> 2023: CLASS="highlight"> Hearn CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration, CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> $1.4625 CLASS="highlight"> million. 
Pitching
  • Hearn's FASTBALL comes in at mid 90's to 98 mph for his only plus pitch, which induces plenty of groundballs, thanks to the steep downhill angle his 6-foot-5 frame creates. Taylor's secondary pitches lag far behind his heater though, with his SLIDER still inconsistent and his 84-86 mph CHANGEUP still coming in as fringe-average. Hearn's needs to sharpen his secondary pitches to miss more bats and he needs to improve his fastball command. (Spring 2020)

    Taylor's premium velocity from the left side is particularly uncomfortable for opponents because of his angle and long arms that create good extension out front, with the ability to get swings and misses up in the zone. Improving his command and pitch sequencing are focal points for his development. (Spring 2019).

  • 2019 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 66.2% of the time; his Sinker 1.4%; Change 11.4%; and Slider 18.3% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 94 mph, Sinker 97.7, Changeup 84.5, and Slider 82.2 mph.

    2020 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 60.5% of the time; Change 11.4%; and Slider 28.1% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 95.6 mph, Changeup 85.6, and Slider 84.4 mph.

  • Taylor lacks consistent control, which needs refinement. (Spring 2018)

  • A move to the bullpen, if his changeup and command do not improve, would be obvious.

  • 2017 improvements: Hearn added a new slider in the AFL with some help from outside the organization. (Tim Williams - November 8, 2017 - Pirates Prospects)

  • A big question for Taylor is: Will he remain a starter. That might not be possible if his control and slider don’t improve. 

    Hearn has shown more starter traits than evaluators first saw.

  • June 27, 2018: Hearn fired a seven-inning shutout, allowing four hits and striking out seven, in the first game of Double-A Altoona's eventual doubleheader sweep of Harrisburg. It was the first shutout of Hearn's career.

  • In 2020 Taylor's fastball was his best pitch. Thrown 61% of the time with an average velocity of 95 mph, Taylor Hearn’s fastball is the real deal. Hearn’s fastball generated a 67% strike rate while limiting batters to a .169 xBA. Of that 67%, an impressive 28.9% were all strikes (the eighth-highest mark in baseball). All of this was reflected in a fastball pVAL of 4.5 during the 2020 season.  (Shawn Barletta - March 30, 2021)

  • Aug 17, 2021: Taylor has been in multiple roles for the Rangers’ pitching staff this season, most notably in middle relief, pitching two or three innings at a time. Taylor got his first official “audition” as a Rangers starter as Texas lost 3-1 to the Mariners at Globe Life Field. In a career-high five innings, he allowed five hits and two earned runs with no walks. He also tossed a career-high 72 pitches.

    “He’s been throwing really well for us,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “He was able to get through five innings and probably should’ve only given up one run there. He used his pitches, his slider was pretty good. It backed up on him a few times, but it was effective. He did a nice job.

    “I just want to make sure that I, physically and mentally, that I'm a different guy than I was at the beginning of the year,” Hearn said. “[I’d say I’m] a lot different now than I was at the beginning of the year. I know just mentally and physically, I had to do whatever I could to try to maintain everything and not change much. It was honestly just trial and error and getting comfortable with my mechanics, and just trying to figure out what all they needed me to do.” (K Landry - MLB.com - Aug 18, 2021)

  • 2021 Improvements: Hearn has added a pitch to his arsenal. More specifically, the 26-year-old Rangers southpaw has reintroduced a pitch that he’s throwing in a notably different way. Unveiled mere months ago, it’s a potential career-changer.

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    David Laurila: You’ve added a sinker to your repertoire. Was that a simple matter of wanting to induce more ground balls?

    Taylor Hearn: “Honestly, I was getting ground balls, It was a pitch I’d thrown before, and I kind of wanted to learn it again but in a different way. I’m always trying to figure out what I can add to my repertoire, whether it’s a curveball or whatever else.

    Laurila: When had you thrown a sinker?

    Hearn: “I had it when I came over here, to Double-A Frisco [from the Pirates via trade in July 2018]. I wasn’t really throwing it too much, and it wasn’t really even a sinker — it was just a regular two-seamer — and it just didn’t have the movement, because I’d never really had anybody teach me that. This year, I asked about throwing a sinker. They showed me one, I threw it, and we got numbers I’d never had before. I decided to run with it.

    Laurila: Was this in spring training?

    Hearn: “No, this was actually during the season. I started throwing it in Minnesota [in early May]. The first game I threw it in was away, against Seattle [in late May].

    Laurila: How does it differ from your old two-seamer?

    Hearn: “It’s a completely different grip. Again, the old one was a two-seam, and this one is more of a sinker. It’s almost like a one-seam, basically. And it’s been money for me. It’s a pitch that’s helping out my fastball, which is what I wanted it to do. It’s been clutch for me, keeping guys off my four-seam, and for mixing-and-matching as well.

    Laurila: What was the actual learning process like? You mentioned getting better numbers, so was it basically you going into the bullpen and throwing in front of a Rapsodo?

    Hearn: “It was. Our pitching coach, Sags [Brendan Sagara], knows a bunch of grips, so we tried some out. This was actually on flat ground. It was raining. It was the day our game in Minnesota got pushed back, and I was out there throwing in wet rain. And it was moving a lot. The next day, I went out on a mound before the game and threw it. I just needed to get comfortable with it and, from there, see how hitters are reacting to it.

    Laurila: The movement profile is markedly different from your old two-seamer.

    Hearn: “Yes. This one is getting more vertical along with horizontal movement. My sinker is averaging anywhere from 15 to 16 inches, and I’ve had as much as 20.

    Laurila: Did you pick it up pretty quickly?

    Hearn: “I did, actually. And the more I threw it in games and started getting a feel for it, the better it got. Like I said, the first time I threw it was in Seattle. That was my first time trying to figure out how to use it. It was running a lot.

    Laurila: Blue Jays lefty Tayler Saucedo told me recently that when he was first learning his one-seam sinker, it actually moved too much.

    Hearn: “There is such a thing. I know it’s true. I have times where if I’m trying to start it at a certain point, it will run too much. I’ve kind of honed that in by now, but yeah, it’s definitely one of the things where … I mean, the first two or three games, it was running a lot. I was trying to throw it down the middle, and it was covering… the plate is what, 17–18 inches? It was basically running almost equivalent the size of home plate.

    “I’ve gotten better at it now, to where I’m back-dooring it to lefties and front-dooring it to righties. I’m not just throwing it down the middle and letting it run. I’ve actually been learning how to add and subtract. Depending on how many [inches] I want, I might move my fingers apart a little bit more.

    Laurila: Your changeup also gets sink and run. How much more do you need to develop that particular pitch?

    Hearn: “I was predominantly a fastball-changeup guy coming up, so it’s not really a pitch I need to refine more. I’ve just got to throw it more now I’m facing guys more. The only reason I didn’t throw it much out of the ‘pen is that I was coming in for one or two innings. Now that I’m getting lengthened out and whatnot — facing guys two or three times — I need it. Honestly, it’s my best pitch. I just took more time off it last year to focus on my slider — so it’s definitely something you’ll start seeing more. That, and I’ll obviously be throwing the sinker.

    Laurila: Do you see your new sinker as a career-changing pitch?

    Hearn: “100%. I think I could have stayed in the big leagues with just fastball-slider-changeup, but I wanted another pitch … and honestly, there’s the way the game is going now. Guys are starting to make adjustments to the high fastball, and with my velocity being 94, 96–97 mph, a sinker is hard to hit.” (David Laurila - August 25, 2021)

  • Sept 7, 2021: Taylor frequently talks with mental skills coach Mike Franco. Hearn’s conversations are a little different than the normal ones, though.

    “You really want to know?” Hearn said when asked by reporters what Franco has done to help his development this season. “We’ve just been talking basketball. “Me and Mike have this thing where I’m a pretty big quote guy. So probably once a day, once every other day, we give each other types of quotes and everything. That type of stuff helps you out mentally. I never really try to get too far ahead and try to think too much. But honestly, that's what we talk about. Just like Mavericks basketball, then giving each other quotes, keeping it loose and relaxed.”

    Whatever Hearn’s been doing on the mental side, it’s been working on the physical side.  Hearn typically throws four pitches: a four-seam fastball, a sinker, a slider and a changeup. The slider got a recent makeover.

    Co-pitching coach Brendan Sagara worked with Hearn to tweak the grip on his slider to create a certain shape and get a different type of movement out of the hand. Hearn first threw his new slider in an Aug. 29 win over the Astros, and he has all but replaced the original slider at this point.

    “It's been really good for him,” co-pitching coach Doug Mathis said. “It's really consistent, the movement is really good, and it's got more depth than he's ever had. He’s still got the horizontal, but it's got way more depth to it and it's consistent. His old slider was probably too much of a cutter and inconsistent with the shape of it. That's a lot of credit to Sagara to see it and have that in his back pocket for Taylor.” (K Landry - MLB.com - Sept 7, 2021)

  • 2021 Season stats: 

    Starts: 11      MLB Record: 6-5      IP: 104
    .1       ERA: 4.66   

    In July 2018, Hearn was traded by the Pirates along with Sherten Apostel, in exchange for Keone Kela
    .  He had a good enough year whereby he may have solidified his spot in the 2022 rotation.

    Hearn was exceptional in July and August, then seemed to fatigue in September
    .  Hearn needs to continue to build up strength through the winter so that he can withstand an entire season in the Rangers rotation.  (Chris Giles - Oct. 22, 2021)
Career Injury Report
  • April 14, 2016: Hearn was on the D.L. with a fractured foot. The injury occurred on a play at first base as he retired the first batter of the game in his second start of the season.

  • July-August 2017: Hearn missed the final two months of the minor league season with a strained left oblique.

  • April 26-Nov 4, 2019: Taylor was on the IL with left elbow tightness.