Wayne Graham said -- "Kirby was slowed in the fall, but we feel like he's comfortable here now. He certainly capable of playing any spot we need him in the infield."
At Rice - 2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Appeared in 12 games in first season with the program, working his way into four starting assignments... Started three games at first base and helped the Owls win each of those games... Started once at third in the series finale against Conference USA foe Tulane... Collected all four hits against just two opponents, Harvard and Louisiana Tech... Made Rice debut as the replacement designated hitter in the middle game of the FIU series... Tied for third on the team in games played as a pinch hitter (5), but shared the team lead in plate appearances as a pinch hitter (6) when the Owls proceeded to bat-around after he subbed-in against UCF... Scored a run after entering the finale of the Harvard series as a pinch runner, then remained in to play third base where he eventually doubled and scored again... Twice remained in the game to play the infield after pinch hitting, once at third base and once at first... Error-free in 38 defensive chances in the field... Recorded a career-high ten put outs in back-to-back starts at first base.
San Jacinto College - Played 2012 season at San Jacinto College (where Wayne Graham began his collegiate coaching career)... Helped the Gators go 41-25 and finish as the national runner-up at the 2012 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.... Batted .276 with 42 RBI and pair of home runs... Coached by Tom Arrington... Was named a NJCAA Academic All-America.
Texas A&M University - Played the 2011 season at Texas A&M... Appeared in five games... Collected two hits in five at bats and scored two runs.
High School - A 2010 graduate of Bellaire High School, in nearby Bellaire, Texas... Two-time honorable mention selection to the Louisville Slugger National High School All-America Team... Second team All-Greater Houston infielder as a senior in 2010 after batting .455 with five home runs and 38 RBI... Two-time first team all-District 20-5A selection... Helped the Cardinals reach the state playoffs in each of his three years as a letterman... Hit .456 with 14 homers and 93 RBI in his prep career... Coached by Rocky Manuel... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal - Full name: Kirby Michael Taylor. Born: February 10, 1992, in Houston. Parents: Keith and Gina Taylor of Bellaire (one brother, one sister). College: Will Rice