By the time Bill Taylor appeared on card number 157 of the 1987 ProCards set he had been playing pro ball for seven seasons. The Rangers drafted Bill in the second round of the 1980 draft.
Bill spent the 1980 season in Rookie and Single A ball. In 1981 he again started the season in Rookie ball before a second promotion to Single A. 1982 saw a Single A start and a promotion to Double A. Taylor stalled at Double A in 1983, '84, and '85. He started 1986 at Double A but finally made Triple A before the end of the season. He would spend the entire 1987 and '88 seasons with Oklahoma City.
It had been a long road through the minors for Bill but he had finally made Triple A. That would be it with Texas though. At the end of the 1988 season he was granted free agency and signed with the Padres in March of 1989.
Bill still had a long road to travel. He wouldn't see Major League action until 1994 and then with the Oakland A's. After 14 years in the minors he would finally make the big time. Bill Taylor was persistent to say the least.