By Carter Williams

By the end of 2010, Taylor Cole was finishing up his missionary call with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto.

Now the 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher is in Single-A Dunedin, Florida, aiming for a shot to one day return to Toronto — with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cole has had success in Dunedin too. He led the Florida State League with 101 strikeouts in just 83 innings of work, a 5-3 record and 2.60 ERA after 13 starts with the Dunedin Blue Jays — an advanced Single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays — in the first half of the year.

The success this season gave Cole the opportunity to start the Florida State League All-Star Game last week, which his North squad won 6-4.

“It was an honor to have,” he said, in a phone interview with the Deseret News from Florida. “It’s just an honor to do that because it’s testament to the hard work and coaching that I’ve had and all the influences and the people that have believed in me and have also helped me. It’s a good testament to them.”

But before all the success, he was knocking on doors in Toronto as a missionary.

Cole said the primary lesson he was able to learn in that time toward his baseball career was patience. Patience is the key that has helped him in the wild and stressful world that is minor league baseball.

When you’re out on a mission, you don’t always see success right away … You have to be patient and see things happen as you go, eventually. You can’t control the movement in an organization in baseball. You can’t really control anything. You just have to be patient with yourself and the process.” – Taylor Cole

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