WTAP’s own volunteer, Tayler Scott, is now officially a Chicago Cub. He started on Friday, August 12 in the Rookie League. Tayler joined WTAP as a sophomore at Notre Dame Prep. From day one it was obvious he had a unique perspective for a student of his age.
Tayler came to the United States from South Africa three years ago so he could one day fulfill his dream of playing baseball professionally. Even though his parents supported him, Tayler still found the transition to life in America difficult. This gave him a distinctive connection to the refugees he met on WTAP deliveries.
The baseball season was challenging with his high school team short on pitchers, making it a difficult to get through the playoffs. Never the less, he blasted through the first round of playoffs with two homeruns and six innings of great pitching. During the season, the Scotts had numerous scouts visiting to discuss signing him to a professional team. Picked in the 5th round (159 out of 1530 high school and university players), Tayler could be the first South African to play in the Major Leagues.
Tayler’s father, Rodney Scott, former WTAP Board member said, “His senior high school year was unforgettable. His professional baseball career has now officially begun and this has truly been the best three years of our lives.”
Congratulations, Tayler, we wish you the very best!
Read more about Tayler here.