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Michael Taylor | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Michael Taylor had a sacrifice fly and a solo home run in a 1-for-3 effort as the Nationals beat the Marlins on Wednesday.
Taylor's sacrifice fly broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning. His eighth-inning solo home run made it a 7-2 game. The outfielder has gone yard three times in his last four games, running his season total up to nine with 41 RBI and a meager .242/.286/.381 triple-slash line. Jul 29 - 10:23 PM

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Michael Taylor had a big game in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Pirates, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Taylor hit an RBI single off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett in the fourth inning, then launched a two-run homer in the eighth off reliever Arquimedes Caminero. The outfielder is now hitting .240/.484/.362 with seven homers, 38 RBI and 10 steals. In very deep NL-only leagues, there's some value here, though interested owners should understand that games like Saturday's are not the norm.
Jul 25 - 11:38 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-5, including a game-tying two-run single in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon's win over the Mets.

Taylor hit his big two-run single off of Mets reliever Bobby Parnell in the eighth inning. It was his second run-scoring single of the day, as he chipped in with another back in the fourth inning. The nice effort pushed his season RBI total to 35. In addition, he's hitting .234/.281/.352 with six homers and nine steals. Taylor provides a little bit of everything (well, outside of average), but he doesn't do any one thing well enough to warrant fantasy consideration in most leagues.
Jul 22 - 4:29 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Nationals fell to the Orioles in Baltimore on Friday.

Taylor has slid over to cover center field with Denard Span dealing with back spasms. He has done a decent job at the dish for the Nationals this season, slashing .247/.299/.381 with 30 RBI.
Jul 10 - 10:42 PM

Michael Taylor clubbed a leadoff homer Saturday against the Giants.

Taylor made the start in center field Saturday while Denard Span got the day off. The 24-year-old is hitting just .246 with a .295 on-base percentage, but he has been relevant in deeper mixed fantasy leagues because of his power-speed combo.
Jul 4 - 2:36 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-5 with two runs scored against the Phillies on Friday.

Taylor doubled to lead off the game and came around to score before reaching on an infield single in the fifth inning and eventually scoring on an error. The 24-year-old has now hit safely in seven straight games, which includes four multi-hit games. While he's hitting just .249 with a .296 on-base percentage, he has enough power and speed to be useful in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 26 - 10:09 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics showed interest in Michael Taylor in trade talks with the Nationals regarding Ben Zobrist.

Rosenthal says that the discussions "did not gain traction," but it's interesting to note that Taylor is the player the A's targeted. Taylor would be a good short- and long-term addition for Oakland, as he could help in the outfield right away and is under team control through 2021. The report adds that the Nats are interested in re-acquiring Tyler Clippard.
Jun 19 - 3:10 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-4 with a steal Thursday against the Cubs.

Taylor is playing more of late, but since he's still hitting eighth when he does start, he's not much of a mixed-league option right now. It's hard to see him moving up in the lineup now than Anthony Rendon is back.
Jun 5 - 12:17 AM

Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Taylor hit his shot off of Reds starter Raisel Iglesias in the sixth inning. It was his fourth homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to 16. He also struck out twice in the contest. Over 102 at-bats, Taylor is hitting .216/.273/.392. With outfield injuries, he should continue to see his share of plate appearances, though we'd steer clear at the fantasy level.
May 30 - 7:52 PM

Michael Taylor hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to lead the Nationals to a 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Taylor wasn't even supposed to be in the game, but Bryce Harper got ejected in the seventh inning. Sure enough, Taylor came up with the bases loaded and one out in a one-run game in the ninth, and he took D'backs closer Addison Reed out to center to give the Nats the victory. The home run was Taylor's third of the year.
May 13 - 7:26 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

Taylor started in center field and batted leadoff while Denard Span got a day off with abdominal soreness. He'll be relevant in fantasy leagues again if Span's issue lingers.
May 1 - 9:52 PM

Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor batted .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals while filling in for Denard Span and then hit .385/.452/.538 after being sent down to Syracuse. The 24-year-old will back up at all three outfield spots.
Apr 29 - 2:17 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will recall Michael Taylor prior to Wednesday's game in Atlanta.

The corresponding move is expected to be putting Reed Johnson (foot) on the disabled list. Taylor played pretty well while filling in for Denard Span earlier this month, hitting .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals, but he'll be used in a reserve role this time around.
Apr 29 - 1:31 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor filled in admirably in center field while Denard Span was on the disabled list, batting .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals. Span is back now, though, and the Nats prefer to let Taylor to continue to play every day in the minors. He'll need another injury to occur before he gets another shot.
Apr 19 - 10:21 AM

Michael Taylor homered and walked from the eighth spot in the Nationals' order Thursday.

The walk was intentional. Taylor's stint as the Nationals' center fielder, originally expected to extend into May, is just about to end with Denard Span making such a quick return after surgery. What will be interesting to see is whether the Nationals keep him around as a part-time player or send him down to play regularly in Triple-A. Either way, he's due to cease being useful in mixed leagues next week.
Apr 16 - 9:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
5Aaron Barrett
6Tanner Roark
7Felipe Rivero
8David Carpenter
9Craig Stammen