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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 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

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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

Nationals outfield prospect Michael Taylor has been promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor hit .313/.396/.539 with 22 home runs and 34 RBI in 98 games for Harrisburg. The outfield prospect seems to be blossoming at age 23 and could be an option for the Nationals' major league outfield in early 2015.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Nationals prospect OF Michael Taylor is batting .325/.405/.629 with 10 doubles, 15 home runs, 41 RBI and 14 stolen bases through 52 games this season for Double-A Harrisburg.

The 23-year-old has been one of the more productive hitters in the minors over the last month, batting .393/.467/.766 with six doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and nine steals in his last 29 contests. Meanwhile, Taylor is currently enjoying a 12-game hitting streak during which he's posted a 1.375 OPS with five home runs. His game still features too much swing and miss, evidenced by his 73/25 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 223 plate appearances, but his contact rate is still trending up and he's already helped him establish a new career-high with 15 home runs. In his second tour of High-A Potomac last season, Taylor batted .263/.340/.426 with 41 doubles, 10 homers, 87 RBI, 51 steals and a 131/55 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 133 games.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 12:58:00 PM

Nationals prospect OF Michael Taylor went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and two RBI on Thursday for Double-A Harrisburg.

The 23-year-old has crushed the ball over his last eight games, batting .407/.467/1.074 with seven extra-base hits (five home runs) and 11 RBI in 30 plate appearances during that span. Taylor enjoyed a breakout campaign last season at High-A Potomac and is on pace to post better numbers this year, with a .275/.359/.549 batting line, 13 extra-base hits (seven home run) and six steals through 28 games. Taylor is an outstanding athlete with loud tools, but his 44/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio (and 131/55 ratio in 133 games last year) indicates his plate discipline and approach needs more refinement.
Fri, May 9, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Nationals prospect OF Michael Taylor was 3-for-4 with three home runs and four RBI Sunday for Double-A Harrisburg.

Taylor, a sixth-round draft pick in 2009, is in his fifth year in Washington's system, and this is his first at the Double-A level. The 23-year-old toolsy outfielder turned in a breakout performance last season at High-A Potomac, batting .263/.340/.426 with 57 extra-base hits and 51 stolen bases in 133 games, but he also posted an ugly 131/55 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span. Strikeouts have continued to be a problem this year at Harrisburg, as Taylor owns a 36/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21 games. However, he's still managed to post an .841 OPS with nine extra-base hits, five steals and 17 RBI. Taylor is on the Nationals' 40-man roster, but it's hard to see him receiving a look in the majors this season without vastly improving his plate discipline.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 02:13:00 PM

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