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Michael Taylor | Outfielder | #3

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 212
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 6 (0) / WAS
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Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.
Taylor was just sent down over the weekend to clear a spot for Jeremy Guthrie on the active roster, but he's back now that Trea Turner (hamstring) will require a stint on the disabled list. The 26-year-old will function as an extra outfielder. Apr 10 - 3:21 PM

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Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals needed to clear a roster spot for tonight's starting pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie. Taylor has not appeared in a game yet this year.
Apr 8 - 4:08 PM

Michael Taylor is back in Nationals camp Thursday.

Taylor was excused from the club for a week following the death of his father. The funeral is actually on Monday, but Taylor is fighting for a spot on the Nationals' bench and wanted to get back and play.
Mar 23 - 10:34 AM

Michael Taylor remains away from the Nationals due to a family matter.

Taylor originally left the team over the weekend. Nationals manager Dusty Baker described the matter as "very serious" and said that he told the young outfielder to take all the time he needs.
Mar 22 - 11:06 AM

Michael Taylor will be away from Nationals camp for several days while he deals with a family matter.

Manager Dusty Baker told Taylor to take as much time as he needs. The young outfielder is 16-for-36 with two homers and six stolen bases this spring.
Mar 19 - 10:58 AM

Michael Taylor had two hits and two steals Friday against the Marlins.

Taylor is batting .444 and slugging .722 in 36 at-bats. He's also a perfect 6-for-6 stealing bases. It remains to be seen if it will earn him a roster spot or not. The Nationals are already committed to four veterans for the bench (Jose Lobaton, Adam Lind, Stephen Drew and Chris Heisey) and they have to decide whether it makes sense to keep Taylor as a seldom-used player initially or to let him get at-bats in Triple-A.
Mar 17 - 5:10 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-3 and scored two runs in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

He has a .423 batting average with two home runs in 26 at-bats thus far in Grapefruit League play. Taylor will once again serve as a backup outfielder for the Nationals after batting .231/.278/.376 with seven home runs in 76 games last year.
Mar 11 - 4:06 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in the Nationals' 9-1 rout of a Tigers split-squad on Wednesday.

It was disappointing that Taylor wasn't included in the Adam Eaton deal, considering that the Nationals would seem to have little use for him now and the White Sox outfield is wide open. However, it seems clear that most organizations are skeptical of the strikeout-prone center fielder. Taylor still offers a whole lot of fantasy potential in the form of homers and steals if he could keep his average and OBP respectable. He's 5-for-9 with two homers and two steals this spring.
Mar 1 - 5:31 PM

Michael Taylor (thumb) took batting practice Wednesday.

This qualifies as a step forward for Taylor, who had his thumb wrapped on Tuesday after injuring it in a slide at second base on Saturday. He's making progress, but it appears unlikely he'll be on the roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Michael Taylor (thumb) is "not well."

Taylor was sent for an MRI after injuring his thumb on a slide into second base on Saturday. The results haven't been revealed, but his thumb was wrapped during Tuesday's workout and it sounds like his status for the NLDS could be up in the air at this point.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Michael Taylor is dealing with a sore left thumb.

Taylor was sent for an MRI after injuring his thumb on a slide into second base on Saturday. His thumb was wrapped on Tuesday, but nothing has been said yet to indicate he won't be ready for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Michael Taylor underwent an MRI after injuring his thumb while sliding into second base in Saturday's game against the Marlins.

The results of the MRI are not yet known, but if there is anything serious found, it would impact Taylor's ability to be part of the postseason roster for the NLDS. Expect the Nationals to provide an update on his status on Monday.
Source: MLB.com
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-3 with a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Taylor drew the start in left field and batted second in the game, swatting a pair of singles. The stolen base was his 14th in 17 tries this year. The 25-year-old possesses a tantalizing combination of power and speed but can't grab hold of a starting job when he's had the opportunity. Taylor is hitting .231/.278/.376 in 76 games this year.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 08:24:00 PM

Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor batted just .204/.280/.283 over 125 plate appearances during his month-long stay at the Triple-A level. The 25-year-old center fielder has certainly lost some shine off his fantasy outlook in 2016. He'll operate in a utility outfield role with Washington.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 02:38:00 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor has batted just .222/.274/.372 in 66 games this season at the major league level, including an 0-for-4 from Sunday. He should be back up in September, or maybe sooner if the Nationals get desperate. This move leaves them with only one true backup outfielder.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 06:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Koda Glover
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Enny Romero
8Matt Albers
9Jacob Turner