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Michael Taylor | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nationals prospect OF Michael Taylor is batting .325/.405/.629 with 10 doubles, 15 home runs, 41 RBI and 14 stolen bases through 52 games this season for Double-A Harrisburg.
The 23-year-old has been one of the more productive hitters in the minors over the last month, batting .393/.467/.766 with six doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and nine steals in his last 29 contests. Meanwhile, Taylor is currently enjoying a 12-game hitting streak during which he's posted a 1.375 OPS with five home runs. His game still features too much swing and miss, evidenced by his 73/25 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 223 plate appearances, but his contact rate is still trending up and he's already helped him establish a new career-high with 15 home runs. In his second tour of High-A Potomac last season, Taylor batted .263/.340/.426 with 41 doubles, 10 homers, 87 RBI, 51 steals and a 131/55 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 133 games. Jun 2 - 12:58 PM

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Nationals prospect OF Michael Taylor went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and two RBI on Thursday for Double-A Harrisburg.

The 23-year-old has crushed the ball over his last eight games, batting .407/.467/1.074 with seven extra-base hits (five home runs) and 11 RBI in 30 plate appearances during that span. Taylor enjoyed a breakout campaign last season at High-A Potomac and is on pace to post better numbers this year, with a .275/.359/.549 batting line, 13 extra-base hits (seven home run) and six steals through 28 games. Taylor is an outstanding athlete with loud tools, but his 44/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio (and 131/55 ratio in 133 games last year) indicates his plate discipline and approach needs more refinement.
May 9 - 12:04 PM

Nationals prospect OF Michael Taylor was 3-for-4 with three home runs and four RBI Sunday for Double-A Harrisburg.

Taylor, a sixth-round draft pick in 2009, is in his fifth year in Washington's system, and this is his first at the Double-A level. The 23-year-old toolsy outfielder turned in a breakout performance last season at High-A Potomac, batting .263/.340/.426 with 57 extra-base hits and 51 stolen bases in 133 games, but he also posted an ugly 131/55 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span. Strikeouts have continued to be a problem this year at Harrisburg, as Taylor owns a 36/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21 games. However, he's still managed to post an .841 OPS with nine extra-base hits, five steals and 17 RBI. Taylor is on the Nationals' 40-man roster, but it's hard to see him receiving a look in the majors this season without vastly improving his plate discipline.
Apr 28 - 2:13 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor and LHP Matt Purke to Double-A Harrisburg.

Taylor has not yet seen action above High-A and stood no chance of making the Nats' Opening Day roster. The 22-year-old outfielder will try to continue his rise through Washington's farm system this summer. He boasts 94 stolen bases in 410 minor league games.
Mar 13 - 9:17 AM

Nationals purchased the contract of OF Michael Taylor from High-A Potomac.

The 22-year-old speedster stole 51 bases last season with Potomac. The Nationals ensured he wouldn't be exposed during December's Rule 5 Draft with the move.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 07:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Matt Purke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Aaron Barrett
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis