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Michael Taylor | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Sep 6 - 12:36 PM

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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.
Aug 23 - 12:22 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.
Aug 12 - 10:54 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.
Aug 10 - 3:46 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
Aug 9 - 7:45 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.
Aug 4 - 3:16 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.
Jun 2 - 12:58 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.
May 9 - 12:04 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.
Apr 28 - 2:13 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor and LHP Matt Purke to Double-A Harrisburg.

Taylor has not yet seen action above High-A and stood no chance of making the Nats' Opening Day roster. The 22-year-old outfielder will try to continue his rise through Washington's farm system this summer. He boasts 94 stolen bases in 410 minor league games.
Mar 13 - 9:17 AM

Nationals purchased the contract of OF Michael Taylor from High-A Potomac.

The 22-year-old speedster stole 51 bases last season with Potomac. The Nationals ensured he wouldn't be exposed during December's Rule 5 Draft with the move.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 07:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Adam LaRoche
2Tyler Moore
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
SS1Ian Desmond
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
4Steven Souza
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Matt Purke
7Taylor Jordan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Matt Thornton
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis
10Xavier Cedeno
11Aaron Barrett
12Blake Treinen