Bandits sign slugger Taylor, re-sign Brown
Photo credit: Allie Martinez/Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have reached one-year deals with veteran third baseman Nadia Taylor and shortstop Kristen Brown, team officials announced on Wednesday.
Taylor, who spent the past three seasons with the Texas Charge, clubbed 10 home runs and added 32 RBI while batting .321 during an All-NPF campaign in 2017. Her home run and RBI totals topped the team.
“Nadia’s a true professional who has helped grow the game of softball in numerous facets,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We’re eager to have her arrive in Rosemont and look forward to seeing her contribute in our lineup.”
In three years with the Charge, Taylor cemented herself as one of the game’s most potent threats at the plate, recording 31 extra-base hits and 55 RBI in that span. Prior to joining the Charge in 2015, Taylor spent her rookie campaign with the Akron Racers.
She became a free agent after the Charge franchise folded following the conclusion of the 2017 season.
A resident of New Orleans, Louisiana Taylor played collegiately at the University of Texas, where she earned All-Big 12 recognition in each year and broke the school record for career doubles.
Taylor is set to join an impressive new crop of talent making its way to Rosemont in 2018, including Team USA members Delaney Spaulding, Courtney Gano and Ally Carda, as well as former Charge standouts Kristyn Sandberg and Coley Ries.
In an abbreviated 2017 campaign, Brown launched a pair of home runs and sported a .300 slugging percentage.
The second-year pro missed time due to an injury, but returned late in the season and shined as a defensive replacement. The former All-American at North Carolina and current Team Canada hopeful committed just one error in 52 chances.
“We’re excited to bring back Kristen for the 2018 season,” Calmeyn said. “She’s been an important piece of our ball club both at the plate and in the field.”
Since her selection as the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NPF Draft, Brown has showcased her immense power. Thirty-three percent of her career hits have left the park.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.