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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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Michael Taylor launched his 11th homer Sunday in the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Reds.
His two-run shot off Scott Feldman accounted for Washington's only runs on Sunday. Taylor has been on a tear, providing five homers and 10 RBI over his last nine games. He should easily eclipse his career-high of 14 round-trippers, which he set back in 2015. Jun 25 - 7:23 PM

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Michael Taylor went 4-for-5, belted two home runs, drove in three runs and scored four times as his team routed the Reds 18-3 on Saturday.

He delivered a week's worth of production in one day in this good, old-fashioned barn-burner of a ballgame. He singled and scored in the second inning, bashed a two-run dinger in the fourth inning, ripped a solo shot in the sixth, then doubled and scored in the eighth. He is batting .273/.306/.507 with 10 longballs, 32 runs and 28 RBI. He has stolen seven bases in nine tries.
Jun 24 - 8:20 PM

Michael Taylor has returned to the Nationals' starting lineup on Saturday.

He has been on the shelf since being scratched from Wednesday's game due to an undisclosed injury. Taylor is starting in center field and batting eighth against Homer Bailey and the Reds on Saturday.
Jun 24 - 12:57 PM

Michael Taylor was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker would only say that Taylor has been dealing with the injury for a couple of days, without offering any real details. Brian Goodwin will start in center field and bat second.
Jun 21 - 11:04 AM

Michael Taylor hit a two-run home run in a win over the Mets on Thursday.

The Nats put up five runs in the fifth inning, with Taylor's two-run shot to dead center off Mets starter Robert Gsellman as the capper. It was his seventh homer of the season. The 26-year-old has eight hits in his last 21 at-bats, including three doubles and the homer. He's hitting .261/.295/.461 through 54 games this year.
Jun 16 - 12:13 AM

Michael Taylor had a two-run double and a stolen base in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Taylor had the big blow in the Nats' four-run first inning, swatting a two-RBI double off O's starter Alec Asher. The 26-year-old has started the majority of the games in center field in Adam Eaton's absence, and he's held his own, hitting .252/.291/.445 with six homers and four steals. His contact issues are real -- he's struck out 55 times in 48 games -- but his dual-threat ability makes him a fantasy asset in most mixed leagues.
Jun 8 - 10:26 PM

Michael Taylor finished 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, two RBI and two strikeouts in Tuesday's game at San Francisco.

Taylor has posted seven multi-hit games over his past 17 games dating back to May 9, raising his average from .220 to .264. He is making the most of his chance to play every day with Adam Eaton (knee) done for the season.
May 31 - 3:32 AM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a win over the Padres on Saturday.

His blast off Padres' starter Clayton Richard broke open a 1-0 game and gave the Nationals some breathing room in the sixth inning. It was his second game in a row with a two-run homer. Taylor doesn't get to play every day but has hit well when given the chance. He is batting .274/.308/.460 with four homers and 13 RBI in 113 at-bats.
May 27 - 8:16 PM

Michael Taylor belted a two-run homer on Friday as the Nationals topped the Padres in their series opener in Washington.

Taylor's two-run blast off of Luis Perdomo gave the Nationals a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night and he also whiffed twice. Taylor is hitting .266/.302/.431 with three homers and 11 RBI in a part-time role with the Nats this season.
May 26 - 9:50 PM

Michael Taylor is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

With Taylor receiving a rest day, Brian Goodwin will take on starting duties in center and is hitting seventh. The contest will see Jacob Turner take the ball for the Nationals, to be opposed by Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
May 17 - 4:32 PM

Michael Taylor crushed a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, leading the Nationals to a 6-5 victory over the Phillies.

The Nationals had led the entire game until Freddy Galvis chipped in a two-run triple in the top half of the eighth to take the lead. Taylor then responded in the bottom half, smacking a Pat Neshek offering off the foul pole for the go-ahead home run. Taylor struck out in his other three at-bats, finishing the night 1-for-4. He's now hitting .267/.300/.427 with two bombs and nine RBI on the season.
May 14 - 11:09 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's comeback win over the Orioles.

He laced a single to left field to drive in a run in the fourth inning. He smacked a two-run homer in the eighth. It was his first longball of the season. Taylor has been getting regular starting duty since Adam Eaton went on the disabled list. He has a .238 batting average with six runs and seven RBI in 68 plate appearances.
May 10 - 11:07 PM

Michael Taylor had two hits, two walks and two steals against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Taylor was struggling in his limited opportunities before Adam Eaton went down, but he's thrived since. He's worth playing in mixed leagues right now, and he could turn into a major asset if Dusty Baker starts batting him second. We're guessing Baker doesn't need much of an excuse to make that happen.
May 4 - 5:00 PM

Michael Taylor is starting in center field and batting second for the Nationals on Saturday.

Adam Eaton hit the disabled list on Saturday with a knee strain and it'll be Taylor who gets the first chance to fill that void in the lineup. While he has never hit for a high average, he owns an interesting blend of power and speed and is worth a look in most deeper mixed leagues if he's going to see the bulk of the playing time.
Apr 29 - 10:41 AM

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Manny Delcarmen
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Brian Goodwin
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Matt Albers
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Jacob Turner
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Sammy Solis