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23 Michael Taylor RF
Height/Weight: 6-5/256 | Birthdate: 12/19/1985 | Birthplace: Cheverly, MD | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Stanford | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 615.33
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Athletics trade outfielder to White Sox for pitcher


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The Athletics have swapped right fielder Michael Taylor to the White Sox for right-hander Jake Sanchez.

Taylor has just 10 hits in 74 major league at-bats and has spent this season at Triple-A Sacramento. Sanchez has performed well at Class A Kannapolis with a 5-4 record and 2.80 ERA.


Michael Taylor clears waivers, sent to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Recently designated outfielder Michael Taylor will remain in the Athletics' organization, after he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento Thursday.

Taylor hit .274/.348/.532 in the spring, but was a victim of the roster crunch. The 28-year-old will provide organizational depth. 


Michael Taylor designated for assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The Athletics have designated outfielder Michael Taylor for assignment Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Taylor batted .274/.348/.532 with three homers and 10 RBI over 62 Cactus League at-bats.

Michael Taylor expected to hit waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The Athletics are expected to place outfielder Michael Taylor on waivers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Taylor was rated as Baseball America's 29th best prospect in 2010 before falling off the radar. The 28-year-old should draw some interest on waivers. Taylor hit .281/.360/.474 in 481 plate appearances at Triple-A last year.


Report: Michael Taylor could draw some trade interest


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) There could be some trade interest in Athletics outfielder Michael Taylor, if he doesn't make the opening day roster, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Taylor is out of options.

One scout told the Chronicle a change of scenery might be good for Taylor and some teams might take a look at the 28-year-old outfielder, who has appeared in just 26 MLB games over three seasons. Taylor is batting .321 (9 for 28) with one home run, three doubles and three RBI in 12 spring games.


Michael Taylor focusing on playing the outfield


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The Athletics will keep Michael Taylor in the outfield during camp, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Taylor took some ground balls at first during camp last season in order to try and increase his versatility. The team has apparently ended that experiment, and told Taylor to focus on working in the outfield. Taylor was up briefly last season, hitting .043 in 23 at-bats.


Michael Taylor shipped down


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) Following the team's 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Rangers, the Athletics optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento. 

Taylor was just 1 for 23 in nine games before being sent down. Coco Crisp is expected to be activated from the disabled list to take Taylor's place, though an official announcement has not been made. 


Michael Taylor's time in big leagues running out


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) With Chris Young and Coco Crisp both inching toward returns, Athletics outfielder Michael Taylor's time in the big leagues could be coming to an end. Taylor, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on May 4, entered Monday's contest against the Rangers with one hit over his last 14 at-bats.

“He just hasn’t had the quality at-bats he’d like to have,” manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. “We still feel like the ability is there. It just hasn’t translated at this point.

"You look at Chris Carter, and he had a tough time and finally got more of an opportunity to play on a regular basis and figured it out and had a productive year. We’d like to think that’s the same way with Michael, because the ability is there."


Michael Taylor finally gets into hit column


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2013) Athletics outfielder Michael Taylor started for the third time in five games Thursday against the Indians. Taylor, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento Saturday, went 1 for 4 with one strikeout.

Thursday's single was Taylor's first hit this season. Taylor had previously been hitless in his first five games (0 for 12).


Athletics recall OF Michael Taylor


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2013) The Athletics recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento Saturday before a game against the Yankees. The move was made after Chris Young was placed on the DL. 

The 27-year-old Taylor was with the team in April. He went 0 for 6 over three games. Taylor is batting .329 in the minors over 73 at-bats with five homers and 16 RBI.  


Michael Taylor dropped back to minors


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2013) The Athletics optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento Tuesday to clear a spot on the active roster for recently added Casper Wells. Taylor appeared in just three games following his promotion April 13 and failed to record a hit.

Taking a long look at Oakland OFs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2013) Like many Fantasy owners, I faced a quandry Saturday night -- which Athletics outfielder to add off waivers with Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list? There were three choices -- Seth Smith (owned 15 percent of leagues), Chris Young (23 percent) and Michael Taylor (8 percent) -- but this decision really boils down to Smith and Young.

In the end, I decided to choose Young over Smith. The real determining factor was how well Smith was hitting left-handed pitchers. He's hitting .714 (5 for 8) against lefties. Why's that significant? Well, because Smith has struggled in his career against left-handed pitchers. He bats just .203 against lefties, which is why he wasn't a full-time player coming into the year. You can certainly subscribe to the theory Smith is turning the corner in his career, but I point out he hit just .167 against lefties this spring, so I'm not buying it.

Aside from the fact I think Smith is due for a market correction in the near future, I feel Young has room to grow. He's batting just .194 and perhaps playing on a regularly basis with Cespedes out of the lineup will allow him to settle into an offensive groove. Let's not forget the torrid start Young had to begin the 2012 season before hurting his shoulder.


A's recall Michael Taylor


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2013) The Athletics recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento Saturday.

Taylor takes the spot vacated by Yoenis Cespedes going on the DL.

The 27-year-old Taylor is hitting .410 with three homers, 11 RBI and five doubles at Sacramento over his first nine games.

Michael Taylor misses out on roster


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2013) The Oakland Athletics pared down their roster Sunday, optioning outfielders Grant Green and Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento. Both players were in the running for a spot on the opening day roster this spring, but could make an appearance with the parent club at some point during the season.

The Athletics also reassigned pitcher Brian Gordon, catcher Dave Freitas, first baseman Scott Moore, shortstop Dawrin Perez and outfielder Michael Choice to their minor-league camp.


Michael Taylor gets back in the lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2013) Athletics outfielder Michael Taylor was back on the field for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers after sitting out almost two weeks with a lacerated pinkie. Taylor came into the game as a defensive replacement in right field and stayed until the final out. He went 1 for 2 at the plate, with an RBI and one strikeout. It was Taylor's first appearance since he suffered the injury March 3. Taylor has been working out in the outfield as well as at first base this spring, in an effort to earn his first extended major-league role. Taylor has a .176 batting averaging in 56 major-league appearances but owns a .294/.377/.469 triple slash line in the minors. 

Freak injury sidelines Taylor


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2013) Athletics outfielder Michael Taylor has been out of game action since last Sunday due to a laceration on his pinkie, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. And how did he suffer the injury? By throwing out his gum, of course. The 6-foot-5 Taylor, one of the team's top prospects, said his hand hit the dugout light as he was tossing out his gum and sliced his pinkie open in two spots. His return to the lineup is uncertain for now.

Taylor willing to play infield


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2013) MLB.com reports that Oakland outfielder Michael Taylor is taking grounders at first base this spring to improve his versatility. "I think it would be foolish for me in this point of my career to not be able to go over there if something were to happen," Taylor said. "It doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to be full time there, but being able to move around can only help me, because if an opportunity opens up here or anywhere else, I at least can say I have some experience there and I can help there."