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Michael Taylor | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Michael Taylor homered and walked from the eighth spot in the Nationals' order Thursday.
The walk was intentional. Taylor's stint as the Nationals' center fielder, originally expected to extend into May, is just about to end with Denard Span making such a quick return after surgery. What will be interesting to see is whether the Nationals keep him around as a part-time player or send him down to play regularly in Triple-A. Either way, he's due to cease being useful in mixed leagues next week. Apr 16 - 9:37 PM

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Michael Taylor went 3-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, and three runs batted in but the Nationals fell to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Taylor knocked in the first run of the game with a single in the second, then tripled in a pair of runs to polish off the Nationals' six-run fifth inning. At times, Taylor has looked lost -- he struck out seven times in 12 at-bats in the three-game series against the Phillies -- but he's had a few bright spots already as well.
Apr 14 - 9:39 PM

Michael Taylor clubbed a leadoff homer in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

It was the only offense of the game for the Nationals. Filling in as the starting center fielder and leadoff man while Denard Span makes his way back from core muscle surgery, Taylor is 5-for-17 (.294) across his first four games this season. He's relevant in deeper mixed leagues right now.
Apr 10 - 10:06 PM

Michael Taylor finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Nationals' loss to the Mets on Thursday.

Taylor struck out swinging in his first two at-bats against Matt Harvey, but he singled in the fifth inning off the Mets ace and then smacked a two-round double off Buddy Carlyle in the seventh. Taylor has been batting leadoff for the Nationals and will continue to hold significant fantasy value until Denard Span returns from abdominal surgery.
Apr 9 - 4:04 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and a walk as the Nationals topped the Marlins 11-7 on Sunday.

Taylor is sure to start with Denard Span set to miss the month of April. The question is whether he'll bad leadoff, and he surely helped his case today, even if his homer was wind-aided. His spring average is back up to .340, and after racking up 11 strikeouts in his first nine games, he's fanned just once in his last seven.
Mar 29 - 5:12 PM

Michael Taylor homered twice off Justin Verlander as the Nationals and a Tigers split-squad played to a 7-7 tie on Sunday.

Taylor has seven extra-base hits in 34 at-bats, giving him a .765 slugging percentage to go along with his .324 average. He also has zero walks, giving him a .324 OBP to go along with his .324 average. That's not really worthy of concern during the spring, but since the Nationals are looking at Taylor as their leadoff man with Denard Span out, his OBP will be important. He has the potential to be useful in mixed leagues until Span returns.
Mar 22 - 6:00 PM

Michael Taylor struck out all four times he was up Thursday versus the Tigers.

Taylor is expected to be Denard Span's primary replacement in center next month. What needs to be determined is whether he should really hit leadoff. He had a nice .390 OBP in a 2014 season spent mostly in Double-A, but he was pretty unexceptional in that department previously. He came in at .279 in 39 major league at-bats last year, and he's .250/.250/.536 in 28 at-bats this spring.
Mar 19 - 4:45 PM

Michael Taylor will get the bulk of playing time in center field while Denard Span (hernia) is sidelined.

Span needed surgery Monday morning for a core muscle injury and won't be able to resume baseball activities for 4-6 weeks, meaning he's going to miss some regular-season action. Taylor, 23, batted .304/.390/.526 with 23 home runs and 37 stolen bases in 110 games last season between Double-A and Triple-A. He should be on all mixed-league fantasy radars.
Mar 9 - 10:00 AM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-3 with a homer Sunday against the Yankees.

It'd be interesting to see what Taylor could do as a regular for the Nationals, but that's only going to happen if Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper or Denard Span is out of action. Of course, with Werth still iffy for Opening Day, Taylor remains a possibility for the beginning of the season.
Mar 8 - 5:42 PM

Michael Taylor has complained of some minor neck discomfort.

Taylor described it as a "twinge," but he was able to work out Sunday and should be a full participant in drills and games this week. "Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him," manager Matt Williams said Monday. "He is full go. He is ready to play." The 23-year-old should be busy this spring in the Grapefruit League with Jayson Werth recovering from shoulder surgery.
Source: MLBlogs
Mar 2 - 9:11 AM

Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

The 23-year-old outfielder will provide outfield depth for the Nationals down the stretch. He had a terrific season between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, slashing .304/.390/.526 with 23 homers, 64 RBI and 37 stolen bases.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Nationals optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor started four games in a row after being called up, but he had made just one start in the last seven days with Jayson Werth healthy enough to play. Overall, he was 3-for-18 with a homer, three walks and eight strikeouts. The Nationals will bring him back in September.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Michael Taylor hit his first major league home run, finishing 2-for-4 overall, as the Nationals easily defeated the Mets on Tuesday.

The Nationals had chased Mets starter Rafael Montero from the game, but Taylor kept the offensive barrage going, lifting a two-run home run to the opposite field against Carlos Torres. The home run pushed the Nationals' lead to 7-0. Taylor started the season at Double-A and was recently promoted to Triple-A, crushing the competition prior to his call-up. If Taylor is able to handle major league pitching, the contending Nationals may decide to keep him around even after their outfield is fully healed.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 10:54:00 PM

Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor has had a monster season between Double- and Triple-A, batting .315/.401/.547 with 22 home runs and 35 stolen bases. He has immense long-term fantasy potential but doesn't figure to be up with the big club long this time around.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Nationals top outfield prospect Michael Taylor is expected to be promoted to the majors on Sunday.

Jayson Werth (shoulder, ankle) and Steven Souza Jr. (shoulder) are both battling injuries so the Nats will make the move to call up Taylor, who was promoted earlier this week from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. The 23-year-old has hit .315/.401/.547 with 22 home runs and 35 stolen bases this season in the minors, but he probably won't be up in the majors long enough to carry significant fantasy value.
Source: Nats Insider
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 07:45:00 PM

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PosRoleName
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2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
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PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
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PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Rafael Martin
9Felipe Rivero
10Erik Davis