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Michael Taylor | Outfielder | #3

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 A. Taylor went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday against the Rockies.
Taylor just hasn’t been able to get it going so far, as he’s batting .160 (8-for-50) through 14 games. While he’s stolen four bases, he’s yet to hit a homer and only has one RBI. However, with the recent injury to Adam Eaton, Taylor doesn’t have to be looking over his shoulder in regard to his playing time. His ability to provide pop and speed should warrant patience from fantasy owners. Apr 13 - 10:50 PM

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Michael Taylor stole his third base of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

He is now tied for the team lead in steals with Trea Turner. Taylor went 1-for-4 in the defeat and is batting just .167 this season, but he remains a valuable fantasy outfielder because of his power and speed upside.
Apr 4 - 3:48 PM

Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 and scored a run as the Nationals dispatched of the Reds on Opening Day action on Friday.

Taylor reached on a bunt single to lead off the eighth inning then promptly swiped second base. After advancing to third on a ground ball, he came around to score on a sacrifice fly, providing a valuable insurance run. He's in line for everyday at-bats in center field and makes for an interesting fantasy commodity given his blend of power and speed.
Mar 30 - 7:27 PM

Michael Taylor hit a solo homer Sunday in the Nationals' 4-2 Grapefruit League win over the Cardinals.

It was a fifth-inning blast off Cardinals reliever John Brebbia. Taylor battled a side injury for much of spring training, but he should be close to 100 percent for the start of the 2018 regular season. The 26-year-old outfielder registered a strong .806 OPS with 19 home runs and 17 stolen bases over 118 games last season.
Mar 25 - 4:07 PM

Michael Taylor (side) is in the Nationals' lineup again on Monday.

Taylor returned to Grapefruit League action over the weekend after sitting out for two weeks with tightness in his right side. It appears he will be fully ready for the start of the 2018 regular season. The 26-year-old outfielder makes for an intriguing mid-to-late round fantasy sleeper after putting up an .806 OPS with 19 home runs and 17 stolen bases over 118 games in 2017.
Mar 19 - 1:10 PM

Michael A. Taylor (side) took at-bats in a minor league game on Tuesday.

Taylor came down with what was described as "mild right side tightness" last Monday, but he's making progress. Barring any setbacks, he should move back over to the major league side soon.
Mar 13 - 2:04 PM

Michael A. Taylor was scratched from Monday's lineup due to what the Nationals are calling mild right side tightness.

Taylor missed about a month last year with a right oblique strain, so it's slightly concerning news. The Nationals could just be exercising caution given his history. Stay tuned.
Mar 5 - 12:56 PM

Michael A. Taylor was a late scratch from Monday's Grapefruit League lineup.

No word yet on the reason for the change. The Nationals should provide an update this afternoon.
Mar 5 - 12:37 PM

Michael Taylor went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored Sunday in the Nationals' Grapefruit League defeat of the Mets.

The stolen base was the first of the spring for Taylor, who finished with 17 steals in 2017. He also slugged 19 home runs last season and has some sleeper value in mixed fantasy leagues leading into 2018, though top outfield prospect Victor Robles is knocking on the door for an everyday role in Washington.
Mar 4 - 3:50 PM

Nationals and OF Michael Taylor avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.525 million contract.

Taylor was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He put up a .271/.320/.486 batting line with 19 homers and 17 steals last season.
Jan 12 - 2:09 PM

Michael Taylor had a three-run homer and an RBI single against the Cubs in Thursday's Game 5.

Taylor capped his breakthrough season with eight RBI in the last two games against the Cubs. That should help his case to go into next year as one of the Nationals' starting outfielders. He's deserving after the strong season, but the team will have Adam Eaton coming back and some money to spend with Jayson Werth's deal up.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 12:51:00 AM

Michael Taylor hit a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning to help give the Nationals a 5-0 victory on Wednesday in Game 4 of the NLDS over the Cubs.

On a night where terrible weather met up with quality pitching, it was difficult for anyone on either the Nationals or Cubs to drive anything. That was until Taylor smashed a fastball into right-center field off Wade Davis to bump Washington's lead from 1-0 to 5-0. It was a bit of a surprise to see Taylor become the offensive hero in such a big spot, but he did hit 19 homers with an .806 OPS during the regular season after taking over center-field duties for the injured Adam Eaton. Taylor will look to add more heroics in Game 5 on Thursday.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 08:14:00 PM

Michael Taylor said after Sunday's game that he's fine after getting hit by a pitch during the Nationals' season finale against the Pirates.

Taylor was hit on the tip of his middle finger but claims that it scared him more than anything. The dynamic outfielder hit .271/.320/.486 with a career-high 19 homers, 53 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 432 plate appearances for the National League East champs in 2017.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 08:57:00 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-5, stole a base and cracked a solo dinger in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

He took starter Mark Leiter deep in the fourth inning for his 18th longball of the season. The 26-year-old has a nice fantasy skill set with power, contact and speed but doesn't get enough playing time to be a sought-after asset. He has a .274 batting average with 18 home runs, 52 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 387 at-bats.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 01:22:00 AM

Michael Taylor homered and stole a base Monday in the Nationals' 3-1 win over the Phillies.

Taylor opened the game's scoring with a two-run shot off Phillies starter Aaron Nola in the top of the second inning. He then drew a walk in the top of the fourth and promptly swiped second. The 26-year-old center fielder holds a .272/.319/.480 batting line with 17 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 112 games this season.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 10:44:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Carlos Torres