UWL grad Taylor Kohlwey moving up the ladder with Padres organization

Former 21st round pick hit over .300 in 2019 across 3 levels

Another former baseball player from our area is back home training for a minor league season that may never come: Holmen and UWL grad Taylor Kohlwey.

Kohlwey left behind quite a legacy as a UWL Eagle, setting many school records, including career hits, runs, RBI, batting average, doubles, and slugging percentage, leading to the Padres drafting him in the 21st round in the 2016 draft. He’s reached the Triple-A level and is coming off a productive 2019 that saw him collectively bat .302 with an OBP of .396, with most of his at-bats coming from Double-A.

Kohlwey says his numbers spike came in large part to the experience he’s built in the minors, and from a piece of advice he got from coach Scott Gillitzer back at UWL: that you are your own best hitting coach.

“There’s a lot of coaches in the minors that give really good advice,” Kohlwey said. “You just have to take bits and pieces and do whatever works for you.”

Now it’s about staying in that good spot and continuing to embrace the grind as he gets closer to the big leagues. And these days, that grind entails finding any way possible to keep his game fine-tuned.

“I’ll just find a field and either have a buddy throw to me or flip to me, or I have a little portable tee-it’s kind of broken–but the balls will stay on it, so I can just do that if I’m by myself,” Kohlwey said.

The Padres organization has committed to pay minor league players through August, so Kohlwey says that if the minor league season ends up being canceled, his offseason will be fairly normal. He said he played winter ball last year and could look to do that again.