Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 3/2/12
The former No. 1 overall pick in Major League's amateur draft by the New York Yankees, former pitcher Brien Taylor, was arrested in his home town of Beaumont, N.C. on drug charges.The flame-throwing pitcher— who's career was snuffed out even before it had a chance to glow— was arrested and charged with various drug charges on Thursday. After the Yankees selected the left-hander with the top overall pick in the 1991 draft— the East Carteret High superstar— who had 213 strikeouts in 88 innings during his senior year— signed a contract worth  $1.55 million with the Bombers— an unheard of sum back then for an untested prospect. George Steinbrenner was so desperate for the Yankees to sign their own equivalent of Dwight Gooden, he reportedly told his GM if he didn't sign Taylor at any cost, he would be "shot." If you never heard of the highly-touted prospect— you probably weren't a pinstripes fan in the '90's— and you're not alone. Taylor's long and sad road to obscurity began after the n...
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