High Desert star promoted

California League pitchers can breath a little easier. One of the leagues top players won’t be around to pester them any more.

The Seattle Mariners have promoted shortstop Chris Taylor from High-A High Desert to Double-A affiliate Jackson of the Southern League.

Taylor, 22, was hitting a league-high .335 with 16 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 62 runs scored and 44 RBI.

Taylor was a fifth round draft choice out of Virginia in 2012. He is the No. 28-ranked prospect in the organization according to Baseball America.