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Michael Taylor | Outfielder

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 256
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Athletics sent OF Michael Taylor outright to Triple-A Sacramento.
Taylor was designated for assignment by the A's at the end of spring training after he failed to claim an Opening Day roster spot. The 28-year-old has been a very productive hitter in the minor leagues, so it's a bit surprising that he made it through waivers unclaimed. He'll go on serving as organizational outfield depth for Oakland. Apr 3 - 2:55 PM

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Athletics designated OF Michael Taylor for assignment.

The move wasn't unexpected, as the A's didn't have a place for the 28-year-old and he was out of options. Taylor batted .274/.348/.532 with three home runs this spring and will likely get claimed by another club in the coming days.
Mar 29 - 5:44 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the A's are expected to place Michael Taylor on waivers.

Heyman suspects that Taylor could draw interest because of the strong offensive numbers that he has posted this spring. The 28-year-old outfielder owns a decent .811 OPS in 482 games at the Triple-A level. He's never really been given a shot in the major leagues.
Mar 27 - 3:04 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, three RBI and two runs scored against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Taylor has had an outstanding spring to date, now hitting .313. Nine of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases. If the Athletics can't find room for Taylor on the 25-man roster, they should generate some interest if they make him available in a trade.
Mar 18 - 6:53 PM

Michael Taylor went 1-for-3 with a home run against the Dodgers on Monday.

Taylor put the A's on the board with a solo shot against Hyun-Jin Ryu in the fifth inning. He is now hitting .323 with two home runs in the Cactus League, an impressive showing. There doesn't appear to be room for him in the outfield, and Sam Fuld is ahead of him on the depth chart, but he is certainly making a strong case for inclusion.
Mar 10 - 7:20 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run on Wednesday against the Brewers.

Taylor has had a nice couple of days in the Cactus League. He homered off of Yovani Gallardo in the second inning, then doubled and scored in the sixth. He went 3-for-3 with a double on Tuesday. Still, there just isn't any room on the roster for Taylor and even if there were, Sam Fuld would have the inside track at this point in time.
Mar 5 - 6:30 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored on Tuesday against the Brewers.

It is certainly a nice showing from the outfielder, but Taylor will open up the season in Triple-A again.
Mar 4 - 6:18 PM

Athletics optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento.

The move presumably clears the way for Coco Crisp's return from the disabled list Wednesday. Taylor, 27, is 1-for-23 (.043) in nine games with the A's this season.
Wed, May 15, 2013 08:30:00 AM

Athletics recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento.

It's the second time Taylor has been called up this season. He posted a .996 OPS in 18 games at the Triple-A level and will provide outfield depth with Chris Young on the disabled list.
Sat, May 4, 2013 10:31:00 AM

The Athletics are expected to recall Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Taylor had a brief stint with the Athletics earlier this season. He'll provide outfield depth with Chris Young (quad) expected to be placed on the disabled list..
Sat, May 4, 2013 09:33:00 AM

Athletics optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento.

He was cleared to make room for the newly-acquired Casper Wells on the active roster. Taylor was hitless in six at-bats during his brief stint with the big club and will continue to serve as outfield depth in the minors.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Athletics recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento.

Taylor will provide outfield depth with Yoenis Cespedes (hand) and Coco Crisp (groin) dealing with injuries. He batted just .143 (3-for-21) in his brief stint with the Athletics last season.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 02:16:00 PM

Michael Taylor (pinkie) will swing a bat Monday.

Taylor has been sidelined for the last week with a lacerated right pinkie. If he shows he can swing without out, he should be cleared to return to game action.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Michael Taylor has not played in a week due to a lacerated right pinkie.

Taylor managed to cut himself when his hand hit a light on the ceiling of the dugout as he threw his gum. He won't be cleared to return to action until the cut has fully closed.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 11:17:00 AM

Michael Taylor is taking ground balls at first base this spring to increase his versatility.

"I'm just trying to be as versatile as possible, and if I can do that hopefully create more value for myself," said Taylor, who has never played first base as a pro. The 27-year old is following the lead of teammate Brandon Moss, who made the same transition last season. Taylor has had some success in the minor leagues, but it has yet to translate in the majors. Increasing his versatility only stands to help the former top prospect.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 09:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Derek Norris
1B1Daric Barton
2B1Eric Sogard
2Alberto Callaspo
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
3Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3A.J. Griffin
4Dan Straily
5Jesse Chavez
6Tommy Milone
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Sean Doolittle
5Dan Otero
6Eric O'Flaherty
7Drew Pomeranz
8Fernando Abad
9Fernando Rodriguez