Taylor Mark Tankersley (born
March 7, 1983 in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is a left-handed
relief pitcher for the Florida Marlins.
During his senior year at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg,
Tankersley went 13-0. He also played first
whenever he was not pitching. Warren Central won the
Mississippi 5A Baseball State Championship that year.
school, Tankersley continued his baseball career at the University of
He started and did relief work for the
. After three years
throwing for the Tide, Tankersley was a first rounder in the major
league draft. The twenty-seventh pick overall, Taylor was the
Marlins' first pick. He made his major league debut on June 3, ,
pitching a scoreless inning in relief.
In March 2009 Tankersley was demoted to the Marlin's Triple-A
team due to an
elbow injury, ultimately undergoing surgery to correct the
recurring stress fracture.