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Michael Taylor | Outfielder | #3

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 6 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.
Taylor has batted just .222/.274/.372 in 66 games this season at the major league level, including an 0-for-4 from Sunday. He should be back up in September, or maybe sooner if the Nationals get desperate. This move leaves them with only one true backup outfielder. Jul 24 - 6:39 PM

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Michael Taylor singled, scored a run and stole two bases in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Taylor was a late add to the lineup after Nationals manager Dusty Baker decided to give Jayson Werth a day off. Taylor has hit seven homers and stolen 12 bases this season but is still batting only .227/.279/.379 overall.
Jul 21 - 3:46 PM

Michael Taylor clubbed a two-run homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

Taylor’s two-run blast was part of a four-run seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The 25-year-old is now up to seven home runs on the year, but he has disappointed with a .230/.276/.388 batting line and recently had a brief stint in the minors. Still, Dusty Baker seems inclined to give him chances against left-handed starters.
Jul 15 - 9:58 PM

Nationals recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor was just sent down a few days ago but is now back with the big club after Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) went down. He could see some starts against left-handed pitching.
Jul 8 - 2:10 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor has been given many great opportunities this season but hasn't been able to take advantage. He'll head back to the minors having registered a .225/.266/.372 batting line in 203 plate appearances with Washington. Jonathan Papelbon was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
Jul 4 - 10:25 AM

Michael Taylor struck out five times and committed a game-ending error Wednesday against the Dodgers.

This was a bad game. Taylor entered the night hitting .378 with two homers and five doubles in 45 at-bats this month, so he was on a nice run. This, though.... well, it seems like there's a pretty good chance Ben Revere will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Jun 23 - 1:52 AM

Michael Taylor had a monster day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Padres, going 4-for-4 with a double and a pair of home runs.

Taylor also swiped a base in the contest, his 10th of the season. He got the game started with a bang, smashing a solo homer off Padres starter Drew Pomeranz on the first pitch of the game. He replicated the feat in the fifth inning, going back-to-back with teammate Danny Espinosa. With the four-hit attack, Taylor is now hitting .243/.279/.402 with six homers and 12 RBI. While the average is likely to remain low, his power and speed combination make him relevant in mixed leagues while he's in the lineup.
Jun 19 - 9:59 PM

Michael Taylor went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Nationals hammered the Phillies 8-0 on Saturday afternoon in Washington.

Drawing a start in place of Jayson Werth, Taylor made the most of his opportunity. He delivered an RBI single as part of a four-run uprising in the second inning that put the game pretty much out of reach. Taylor is now hitting .219/.252/.351 with four homers, nine RBI and seven stolen bases on the season.
Jun 11 - 3:35 PM

Michael Taylor blasted a two-run homer in the second inning on Friday, powering the Nationals to a 4-1 victory over the Marlins.

All of the Nationals' scoring came in the second frame, with Ryan Zimmerman belting a solo homer, Wilson Ramos delivering an RBI double, and Taylor's blast. With his 1-for-5 night, Taylor is now hitting just .192/.234/.325 on the season, though he does have four homers and six stolen bases.
May 20 - 10:07 PM

Michael Taylor hit a leadoff homer off Mike Leake on Friday against the Cardinals.

It was his third home run of the season and his second leadoff shot. The blast ended a 22-inning scoreless streak for Washington. Taylor has struggled to take advantage of an opportunity in center field with Ben Revere sidelined, batting just .195/.232/.338 over 19 games. Revere just began a minor league rehab assignment and should be back with the Nationals in a few days.
Apr 30 - 12:14 AM

Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

Matt den Dekker will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Phillies righty Aaron Nola. Taylor is slashing just .192/.231/.301 in 18 games this season and is in danger of losing significant playing time with Ben Revere (oblique) getting closer and closer to activation. Anthony Rendon is also sitting out Thursday, with Stephen Drew filling in at third base.
Apr 28 - 12:14 PM

Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

He also added a walk, as Taylor reached base three times for the second game in a row. It's baby steps, though, as he's still hitting an ugly .203/.243/.319 with a 25/4 K/BB ratio. Ben Revere (oblique) is nearing a rehab assignment and will push Taylor back to the bench when he returns.
Apr 26 - 11:17 PM

Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a day of rest for Taylor who has been struggling mightily at the plate in the early going. Chris Heisey will start in his place and bat leadoff for the Nats against Phil Hughes and the Twins on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 10:12 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Michael Taylor will be back in the leadoff spot Friday.

Taylor is batting seventh in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins. "It's a day off from being leadoff, but not a day off from playing," said Baker. The young outfielder hit an opposite-field homer on Wednesday night, but he also struck out three times and is slashing just .185/.211/.333 in 57 total plate appearances this season.
Apr 21 - 11:30 AM

Michael Taylor connected with an opposite-field home run against the Marlins on Wednesday, his second of the young campaign.

Taylor showed the good and the bad on Wednesday evening. He clobbered a solo homer in the fifth inning, but he also struck out three times. Although the power potential is nice, it's becoming more difficult for manager Dusty Baker to keep Taylor in the lead-off role. The 25-year-old is hitting .185/.211/.333 on the year. One can only imagine that the Nationals are hoping Ben Revere recovers from his oblique injury in a hurry.
Apr 20 - 10:08 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Sammy Solis
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Matt Belisle