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Mills, Taylor and Brown are expected to begin their pro careers next week with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Taylor went 9-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 games, including 10 starts as a junior this season. In 90 2/3 innings, he struck out 80, giving up only 76 hits, but also walking 53. The 21-year-old had a career-high 11 strikeouts in his first start on March 17 against Michigan State. Taylor was a two-time All-America selection at Bowie (Texas) High School. He struck out 132 in only 62 innings with a 1.32 ERA as a senior, when he also batted .536 with eight home runs. He then played two seasons at Vernon (Texas) Junior College before transferring to Oklahoma and playing one season for the Sooners. Brown, 22, batted .303 (86-for-284) with eight homers, 61 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 27 attempts in 73 games as a junior this year. He also had a team-high 58 strikeouts. Those numbers showed a little more pop at the plate as well as a bit more impatience over what he accomplished as a sophomore in 2006, when he batted .335 (93-for-278) with four homers, 57 RBI, 15 steals and only 45 strikeouts in 68 games. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder played baseball and basketball in high school in Oklahoma City. As a freshman with the Shockers in 2005, Brown was nominated for an ESPY Award by ESPN in the Best Play category. That was for his catch in a game against Oklahoma. The right fielder jumped up -- and over -- the shoulder-high barrier in foul territory to the catch a long fly ball. He batted .293 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers, 26 RBI and 11 steals as a freshman.
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