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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
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Michael Taylor struck out five times and committed a game-ending error Wednesday against the Dodgers.
This was a bad game. Taylor entered the night hitting .378 with two homers and five doubles in 45 at-bats this month, so he was on a nice run. This, though.... well, it seems like there's a pretty good chance Ben Revere will be back in the lineup tomorrow. Jun 23 - 1:52 AM

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Michael Taylor had a monster day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Padres, going 4-for-4 with a double and a pair of home runs.

Taylor also swiped a base in the contest, his 10th of the season. He got the game started with a bang, smashing a solo homer off Padres starter Drew Pomeranz on the first pitch of the game. He replicated the feat in the fifth inning, going back-to-back with teammate Danny Espinosa. With the four-hit attack, Taylor is now hitting .243/.279/.402 with six homers and 12 RBI. While the average is likely to remain low, his power and speed combination make him relevant in mixed leagues while he's in the lineup.
Jun 19 - 9:59 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Nationals hammered the Phillies 8-0 on Saturday afternoon in Washington.

Drawing a start in place of Jayson Werth, Taylor made the most of his opportunity. He delivered an RBI single as part of a four-run uprising in the second inning that put the game pretty much out of reach. Taylor is now hitting .219/.252/.351 with four homers, nine RBI and seven stolen bases on the season.
Jun 11 - 3:35 PM

Michael Taylor blasted a two-run homer in the second inning on Friday, powering the Nationals to a 4-1 victory over the Marlins.

All of the Nationals' scoring came in the second frame, with Ryan Zimmerman belting a solo homer, Wilson Ramos delivering an RBI double, and Taylor's blast. With his 1-for-5 night, Taylor is now hitting just .192/.234/.325 on the season, though he does have four homers and six stolen bases.
May 20 - 10:07 PM

Michael Taylor hit a leadoff homer off Mike Leake on Friday against the Cardinals.

It was his third home run of the season and his second leadoff shot. The blast ended a 22-inning scoreless streak for Washington. Taylor has struggled to take advantage of an opportunity in center field with Ben Revere sidelined, batting just .195/.232/.338 over 19 games. Revere just began a minor league rehab assignment and should be back with the Nationals in a few days.
Apr 30 - 12:14 AM

Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

Matt den Dekker will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Phillies righty Aaron Nola. Taylor is slashing just .192/.231/.301 in 18 games this season and is in danger of losing significant playing time with Ben Revere (oblique) getting closer and closer to activation. Anthony Rendon is also sitting out Thursday, with Stephen Drew filling in at third base.
Apr 28 - 12:14 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

He also added a walk, as Taylor reached base three times for the second game in a row. It's baby steps, though, as he's still hitting an ugly .203/.243/.319 with a 25/4 K/BB ratio. Ben Revere (oblique) is nearing a rehab assignment and will push Taylor back to the bench when he returns.
Apr 26 - 11:17 PM

Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a day of rest for Taylor who has been struggling mightily at the plate in the early going. Chris Heisey will start in his place and bat leadoff for the Nats against Phil Hughes and the Twins on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 10:12 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Michael Taylor will be back in the leadoff spot Friday.

Taylor is batting seventh in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins. "It's a day off from being leadoff, but not a day off from playing," said Baker. The young outfielder hit an opposite-field homer on Wednesday night, but he also struck out three times and is slashing just .185/.211/.333 in 57 total plate appearances this season.
Apr 21 - 11:30 AM

Michael Taylor connected with an opposite-field home run against the Marlins on Wednesday, his second of the young campaign.

Taylor showed the good and the bad on Wednesday evening. He clobbered a solo homer in the fifth inning, but he also struck out three times. Although the power potential is nice, it's becoming more difficult for manager Dusty Baker to keep Taylor in the lead-off role. The 25-year-old is hitting .185/.211/.333 on the year. One can only imagine that the Nationals are hoping Ben Revere recovers from his oblique injury in a hurry.
Apr 20 - 10:08 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

Taylor managed to reach base three times on a night where the Nationals struggled to get anything going against Jose Fernandez. It was a much-needed good showing for the young outfielder, as his average went up from .146 to .178. It appears that Taylor is going to continue to hit leadoff in spite of his struggles.
Apr 18 - 10:13 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-6 with a solo homer Friday versus the Phillies.

Taylor set the tone for the Nationals’ offense with a leadoff homer against Jeremy Hellickson in the first inning. It was his first home run of the season. The 25-year-old has struggled while filling in for Ben Revere (oblique), but has intriguing power/speed potential and Dusty Baker has stuck with him in the leadoff spot. He’s capable of helping in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 15 - 10:49 PM

Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday against the Braves.

Jayson Werth is also getting the day off versus Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. Chris Heisey will start in left field and lead off, and Matt den Dekker will play center field and bat seventh. Taylor is hitting just .138 (4-for-29) this season.
Apr 14 - 12:42 PM

Michael Taylor is batting leadoff and starting in center field Wednesday against the Braves.

Ben Revere remains day-to-day after tweaking his rib cage in Monday's season opener. Taylor makes for an attractive DFS play Wednesday versus Braves right-hander Bud Norris and he's worth a stash in deeper mixed fantasy leagues in case this Revere injury lingers. Taylor should also see some starts this summer over Jayson Werth.
Apr 6 - 3:45 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-3 and hit his fifth homer as the Nationals and Twins played to an 8-8 tie on Saturday.

Taylor concludes his awesome spring with a .453/.491/.849 line in 53 at-bats. He also went 3-for-3 stealing bases. He's expected to see more time than most fourth outfielders early on, and he'll wind up a starter eventually if he continues to produce. It helps his case that he's the Nationals' best defensive outfielder.
Apr 2 - 4:04 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6Lucas Giolito
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Sammy Solis