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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 (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. Oct 5 - 2:39 PM

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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.
Oct 4 - 3:15 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.
Oct 4 - 12:58 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
Oct 2 - 11:00 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.
Oct 1 - 8:24 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.
Aug 29 - 2:38 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.
Jul 24 - 6:39 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.
Jul 21 - 3:46 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.
Jul 15 - 9:58 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.
Jul 8 - 2:10 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor has been given many great opportunities this season but hasn't been able to take advantage. He'll head back to the minors having registered a .225/.266/.372 batting line in 203 plate appearances with Washington. Jonathan Papelbon was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
Jul 4 - 10:25 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Danny Espinosa
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Trea Turner
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Reynaldo Lopez
8Lucas Giolito
9Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Oliver Perez
4Sammy Solis
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Rafael Martin
8Matt Grace
9Jimmy Cordero
10Derek Eitel
11Braulio Lara
12Dustin Antolin