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Michael Taylor | Outfielder | #3

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 6 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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.
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

Michael Taylor singled, scored a run and stole two bases in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Taylor was a late add to the lineup after Nationals manager Dusty Baker decided to give Jayson Werth a day off. Taylor has hit seven homers and stolen 12 bases this season but is still batting only .227/.279/.379 overall.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Michael Taylor clubbed a two-run homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

Taylor’s two-run blast was part of a four-run seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The 25-year-old is now up to seven home runs on the year, but he has disappointed with a .230/.276/.388 batting line and recently had a brief stint in the minors. Still, Dusty Baker seems inclined to give him chances against left-handed starters.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 09:58:00 PM

Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor was just sent down a few days ago but is now back with the big club after Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) went down. He could see some starts against left-handed pitching.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 02:10:00 PM

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C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Clint Robinson
4Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
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S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Jeremy Guthrie
Relief Pitcher
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Trevor Gott
8Enny Romero
9Rafael Martin
10Matt Albers
11Matt Grace
12Joe Nathan
13Neal Cotts