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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 went 2-for-5 with two runs scored against the Phillies on Friday.
Taylor doubled to lead off the game and came around to score before reaching on an infield single in the fifth inning and eventually scoring on an error. The 24-year-old has now hit safely in seven straight games, which includes four multi-hit games. While he's hitting just .249 with a .296 on-base percentage, he has enough power and speed to be useful in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Jun 26 - 10:09 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics showed interest in Michael Taylor in trade talks with the Nationals regarding Ben Zobrist.

Rosenthal says that the discussions "did not gain traction," but it's interesting to note that Taylor is the player the A's targeted. Taylor would be a good short- and long-term addition for Oakland, as he could help in the outfield right away and is under team control through 2021. The report adds that the Nats are interested in re-acquiring Tyler Clippard.
Jun 19 - 3:10 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-4 with a steal Thursday against the Cubs.

Taylor is playing more of late, but since he's still hitting eighth when he does start, he's not much of a mixed-league option right now. It's hard to see him moving up in the lineup now than Anthony Rendon is back.
Jun 5 - 12:17 AM

Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Taylor hit his shot off of Reds starter Raisel Iglesias in the sixth inning. It was his fourth homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to 16. He also struck out twice in the contest. Over 102 at-bats, Taylor is hitting .216/.273/.392. With outfield injuries, he should continue to see his share of plate appearances, though we'd steer clear at the fantasy level.
May 30 - 7:52 PM

Michael Taylor hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to lead the Nationals to a 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Taylor wasn't even supposed to be in the game, but Bryce Harper got ejected in the seventh inning. Sure enough, Taylor came up with the bases loaded and one out in a one-run game in the ninth, and he took D'backs closer Addison Reed out to center to give the Nats the victory. The home run was Taylor's third of the year.
May 13 - 7:26 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

Taylor started in center field and batted leadoff while Denard Span got a day off with abdominal soreness. He'll be relevant in fantasy leagues again if Span's issue lingers.
May 1 - 9:52 PM

Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor batted .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals while filling in for Denard Span and then hit .385/.452/.538 after being sent down to Syracuse. The 24-year-old will back up at all three outfield spots.
Apr 29 - 2:17 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will recall Michael Taylor prior to Wednesday's game in Atlanta.

The corresponding move is expected to be putting Reed Johnson (foot) on the disabled list. Taylor played pretty well while filling in for Denard Span earlier this month, hitting .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals, but he'll be used in a reserve role this time around.
Apr 29 - 1:31 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor filled in admirably in center field while Denard Span was on the disabled list, batting .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals. Span is back now, though, and the Nats prefer to let Taylor to continue to play every day in the minors. He'll need another injury to occur before he gets another shot.
Apr 19 - 10:21 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Matt den Dekker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Casey Janssen
3Aaron Barrett
4Matt Thornton
5Tanner Roark
6David Carpenter
7Blake Treinen
8Felipe Rivero
9Craig Stammen