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18 Michael Taylor CF
Height/Weight: 6-4/205 | Birthdate: 3/26/1991 | Birthplace: Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 7/1 | Average Draft Position: 127.00
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Nationals complete September callups


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) The Nationals called up reliever Ryan Mattheus and outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, and according to MLB.com, the moves were the last of the team's minor league promotions for the season.

Mattheus had appeared in four games with the Nationals earlier this season, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Taylor went 3 for 18 with a home run during a brief major league stint in August.


Michael Taylor dispatched to Syracuse


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Right fielder Michael Taylor has been demoted by the Nationals to Triple-A Syracuse to create a roster space for Nate Schierholtz.

Taylor managed three hits in 18 at-bats during his brief stint with Washington and is expected to return sometime soon.


Michael Taylor could play more than expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/13/2014) You didn't think the Nationals would call up Michael Taylor to sit him, did you? Well, in any case, I did and basically said as much Monday, the day before his major-league debut.

He not only started in that debut, but homered to the opposite field, going 2 for 4. His talent is immense. He was in the middle of a George Springer-like season in the minors when he got the call. Granted, he hadn't come close to those numbers prior to this year and got only 13 at-bats at Triple-A before the Nationals summoned him, but still, the best-case scenario for him is a good one indeed.

If only his role was clear.

I said the Nationals would sit him because they didn't seem to have a spot available for him with Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth patrolling the outfield. But that's before I knew Werth's shoulder was still bothering him enough to require a cortisone shot. An MRI Wednesday even revealed an AC joint sprain, though the Nationals seem to think his absence will measure in days rather than weeks.

If they're right, Taylor probably isn't worth your time in Fantasy, but in the increasingly likely case that they're wrong, picking him up may prove to be a shrewd move. Particularly in five-outfielder (i.e., Rotisserie) leagues, I think I'd take a chance on him.


Michael Taylor blasts off in big league debut Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Nationals right fielder Michael Taylor took a big bite out of the Big Apple in his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets.

The 23-year-old Taylor blasted a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning and added a single to end the night with a shiny .500 average.


Michael Taylor set for debut Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor is in the lineup for his major-league debut Tuesday against the Mets, two days after his recall from Triple-A Syracuse. He is starting in right and batting eighth in place of Jayson Werth. 

Michael Taylor not worth adding yet


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/11/2014) Michael Taylor may eventually be a big deal in Fantasy, but right now, his promotion to the big leagues doesn't mean much.

He's a fill-in for a fill-in, replacing the injured Steven Souza, who himself deserved more playing time. Souza was replacing the injured Nate McLouth, who filled a bench role for the Nationals.

It's not a matter of Taylor playing his way into the lineup. The Nationals legitimately don't have a spot for him. If you were in manager Matt Williams' shoes, which of Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span would you sit?

Granted, none of those three have had the easiest time staying on the field over the years, with Werth most recently missing a couple games because of a sore ankle and shoulder. Because Taylor is capable of playing center field, an injury to any of them would clear a spot for him.

But are you going to devote a precious roster spot to that possibility? Taylor has five-category potential, yes, having hit .315 with 22 homers, 35 steals and a .948 OPS between two, but seeing as he played just four games at Triple-A, the Nationals are clearly rushing him to meet a need. Seems like just a Hail Mary in a standard 12-team league.

Anything deeper, as always, is a different story.


Michael Taylor promoted after Steven Souza lands on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Nationals announced Sunday they promoted outfield prospect Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse. To clear a roster spot, outfielder Steven Souza landed on the disabled list due to a left shoulder contusion.

Nationals expect to call up Michael Taylor


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) The Nationals are expected to call up outfield prospect Michael Taylor Sunday, Comcast SportsNet reports.

The Nationals are dealing with multiple injuries to outfielders, so Taylor will be summoned to help the team's depth. He has gone 5 for 13 in Triple-A and hit .313/.396/.539 with 22 home runs, 61 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 384 at-bats with Double-A Harrisburg.


Michael Taylor promoted to Triple-A Syracuse


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Nationals outfield prospect Michael Taylor was promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse Monday.

Taylor had a very productive season for Harrisburg, batting .313 with a .396 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage and .935 OPS in 98 games. He also had 17 doubles, 22 home runs, 61 RBI, 74 runs and 34 stolen bases.


Nationals send six players to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Nationals optioned outfielder Michael Taylor and starting pitcher Matt Purke to Double-A Harrisburg Thursday. The Nationals also reassigned pitcher Clay Hensley, pitcher Josh Roenicke, pitcher Daniel Stange and pitcher Danny Rosenbaum to minor-league camp.

Michael Taylor turning heads at Nats camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor is turning heads at camp, according to The Washington Post.

Taylor has always shown the ability to be an elite defender, and people within the organization are beginning to notice. "If you were putting scouting numbers on him, he’s an 80 defender," according to manager Matt Williams. The scouting scale grades players on an 80-20 scale, with 80 being the highest possible grade you can put on a tool. It's quite rare for a player to receive an 80 grade in anything.

"He would be a guy that is potentially on the fast track," Williams said. That all depends on whether he hits. Taylor is working to keep his swing shorter. The hope is that he'll grow into his power and eventually hit 20 home runs.

The team is set in the outfield this season, but Taylor could push his way further up the organization with a strong season.


Michael Taylor finishes with great numbers in winter league


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) Nationals outfield prospect Michael Taylor had a pretty productive offseason playing in the Puerto Rican winter league. 

Taylor hit .365 with a .428 on-base percentage, .511 slugging percentage and .939 OPS in 36 games. He also had two triples, three home runs, seven doubles, 10 RBI, 20 runs and three stolen bases.

"It is just a different level of baseball," Taylor told MASNsports.com. "You see kind of different sequences at the plate. It is a little different strategy. But it was good. It is still baseball and I had a good time. I saw a lot more splitters. You don't see too much in High-A. I actually felt really good. I felt like my plate discipline was better and I was able to really lock in on my approach and just look for my pitch."

Taylor was added to the 40-man roster this offseason, but he's likely ticketed for Double-A to begin the year.

"It is great," Taylor said about the call to the 40-man. "I was very excited when I got the news and I am looking forward to the years to come. I am excited to play baseball. I am trying not to get to hung up on where I am going to be and wherever I end up I am going to go out there and play hard and have fun."


Nationals add three to 40-man roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) The Nationals added outfielder Michael Taylor and pitchers Sammy Solis and Aaron Barrett to the 40-man roster Wednesday.

Taylor went 1 for 23 with the A's last season while also hitting .281/.360/.474 with 18 home runs and 85 RBI in 420 at-bats with Triple-A Sacramento. Solis went 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 40:19 K:BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings with high Class A Potomac. Barrett went 1-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 69:15 K:BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings over 51 appearances with Double-A Harrisburg.


Michael Taylor's adjustments starting to 'pay off'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Nationals outfield prospect Michael Taylor is arguably having the best season of his pro career. The 2009 sixth-round pick, who is considered the Nationals' fifth-best prospect by MLB.com, is batting .272 with four triples, seven home runs, 26 doubles, 57 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 88 games for Class A Potomac.

Taylor has especially performed well since the Carolina League All-Star break. He's batting .322 with a .506 slugging percentage in 22 second-half games.

"(He) made an adjustment in his approach right around the break that is starting to pay off," Nationals director of player development Doug Harris told MASNsports.com. "He made a big adjustment with his lower half (of his body), which allows him to track the ball better and be more consistent with his path to the ball."