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Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 3/26/1991 | Birthplace: Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 20/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals Michael Taylor to start in left field against Phillies


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor will start in left field against the Phillies on Saturday.

Taylor will face off against left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels. Taylor is a career .261/.320/.478 hitter against left-handed pitchers, and has homered against Hamels once in 5 at-bats.


Nationals' Clint Robinson makes the start in left field Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Nationals left fielder Clint Robinson is making his first start since April 23. Robinson is in the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies, batting seventh.

With regular left fielder Jayson Werth on the disabled list, Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore have been splitting most of the time in the outfield. But they will be on the bench as Robinson will draw the start Friday. He's had just nine at-bats this month, with his only hit going for an RBI double which came in his last appearance as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.


Nationals' Bryce Harper, Matt Williams ejected vs. Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams and outfielder Bryce Harper were ejected in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. 

In a strange sequence of events, umpire Marvin Hudson told Harper to get back into the batter's box following a called strike. Harper said something in return to Hudson, who then tossed Harper from the game. 

Williams then ran onto the field to argue with Hudson, who subsequently tossed him as well. Williams then kicked some dirt onto the plate. 

Harper was fired up after the game when asked about the ejection. 

"I don't think 40,000 people paid to watch him ump tonight," he said, via CSN Washington's Chase Hughes

Harper's at-bat was finished by Michael Taylor, who struck out. Harper finished the game 0-1. 

This is the second time in a week both Harper and Williams have been ejected from a game. The previous time was against the Diamondbacks on May 13.


OF's Jayson Werth, Denard Span out of Nationals' lineup for Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Jayson Werth (wrist) and Denard Span are out of the Nationals’ lineup for Sunday in San Diego, as Tyler Moore will make his second straight start in left field, batting sixth, and Michael Taylor will bat leadoff and play centerfield.

Werth left Friday’s game after getting hit on the wrist with a pitch and sat out Saturday’s win.

Span, who's started 12 of the last 13 games for the Nats in centerfield, will sit out for rest.


Nationals' Michael Taylor adusting well to role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor has served as a backup who plays semiregularly to give Denard Span and Jayson Werth extra rest after undergoing offseason surgeries, and the young outfielder hasn't had a tough time adjusting to the new role, the Washington Post reports.

"Not too bad, honestly," Taylor said of adjusting to his current role. "I talk to the guys and they’ve really given me some good advice and some guidance on how to do things the right way. It’s been an adjustment but nothing too bad."

Taylor has seen action in 11 of the team's 13 games since being recalled, making five starts.

"Just being comfortable in my routine, kind of getting used to the timing of things, when I need to get going and get loose, when I might have an at-bat or something like that," Taylor said. "Other than that, I just try to come in every day like I’m playing."

Taylor has hit .268/.316/.479 with three home runs, 13 RBI and three stolen bases in 71 at-bats.


D-Backs P Addison Reed regrets pitch to Nats' Michael Taylor


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) It didn't take long for Diamondbacks pitcher Addison Reed to know Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor was about to do some damage on a pitch he'd just released. 

Taylor, subbing in for the ejected Bryce Harper, took a 1-0 pitch deep to center field for a grand slam in the ninth inning. This became the difference in Washington's 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks. 

"The ball, the grand slam that went out, was belt-high and over the middle. I haven't gone back and looked at it, but I can almost guarantee it was belt-high," Reed said, via MLB.com. "Right out of the hand, it felt like a terrible pitch, and he did what he was supposed to do with it."


Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor cracks go-ahead grand slam


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor wasn't expected to be needed on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. But when the outfielder came on for Bryce Harper after he was ejected, he did not disappoint.

Taylor stepped up to the plate for the first time in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and Washington down one, his first plate appearance with the bases loaded. He then crushed a shot over the center field wall for a grand slam off of Addison Reed, his first career grand slam. 

Taylor boosted his average to .268 with 13 RBI in 71 at-bats this season.


Nationals' Span sits; Escobar, Desmond move up Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Span has made six straight starts atop the Nationals lineup but will get a breather Sunday. He'll be replaced in center field by Michael Taylor, who is batting eighth.

With Span out, third baseman Yunel Escobar will lead off for the second time this season, while Ian Desmond will jump to the No. 2 spot for just the second time in the last 10 games.

The Nationals are favorites (-160) against the Braves Sunday.


Nationals LF Jayson Werth (shoulder) returns to lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is back in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Braves. Werth missed the last two games was still being bothered by a nagging shoulder injury that cost him the first six games of the season. 

"I thought I was through it," he said, per The Washington Post. "I thought I'd be good and then it popped back up. But I really don't foresee any more problems with it. I said that a couple times now but it flared back up. The good news is that it calms back down and I get back to neutral, zero."

Werth is trying to get on track with the bat, as he has just three hits over 17 at-bats in May. His is 3 for 8 lifetime against Braves starter Eric Stults, who is on the mound Friday.

"I'm getting close on all my weights in all my lifts and are coming back," Werth said. "It took some time. I'd say in the last two, three weeks it's really come back. I think I'll be fine. I've hit the balls good in batting practice. The power is there. Everything has just been more timing right now."

Michael Taylor, who had replaced Werth, will be back on the bench for Friday's game. 


Jayson Werth sits again for Nationals on Wednesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was not in the starting lineup once again on Wednesday against the Marlins. Werth, who missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game, though no injury is being reported.

Michael Taylor drew the start in left field on Wednesday, batting eighth in the lineup for manager Matt Williams. 


Nationals LF Jayson Werth gets night off Tuesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was given the night off and was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Marlins. Werth has really been struggling at the plate, as he is just .195 over his last 10 games with zero extra base hits. 

Michael Taylor replaced Werth in left field for manager Matt Williams on Tuesday. 


Denard Span to miss second straight start for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span will miss his second straight start on Saturday. Span has been sidelined with an injured core muscle.

Michael Taylor will replace Span in center and at leadoff for the Nationals. 


Nationals' Michael Taylor fills in for sore Denard Span on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) As expected, Nationals outfielder Denard Span received a night off to rest his core muscle on Friday against the Mets, per the Washington Post. Span is a lifetime .182 hitter (2 for 11) against New York starter Matt Harvey. He is hitting .302/.340/.535 on the year.

With Span out of the lineup, Nationals manager Matt Williams inserted Michael Taylor in the leadoff spot.


Nationals OF Michael Taylor to get a few starts within next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor, who was recalled from the minors Wednesday as backup outfielder Reed Johnson (calf) went on the disabled list, is expected to get a couple of starts in the next week, manager Matt Williams said.

Williams added Taylor will get into the lineup because he will try to find days off for Denard Span and Jayson Werth.


Nationals recall Michael Taylor, Sammy Solis, option A.J. Cole


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) The Nationals have recalled pitcher Sammy Solis and outfielder Michael Taylor while optioning pitcher A.J. Cole back to Triple-A, the team announced. 

In addition, Washington placed outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day DL with a calf strain. Cole started Tuesday's game against the Braves and was rocked for nine runs in two innings of work. Taylor was sent to Triple-A roughly two weeks ago and was hitting .271 to start the year. Solis has appeared in three games this season in the minors with an 0-0 record and a 2.25 ERA.


Report: Nationals on verge of promoting OF Michael Taylor


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) An injury to Reed Johnson will motivate the Nationals to bring outfielder Michael Taylor back, sources have told the Washington Post.

The 24-year-old Taylor was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse on April 19 after a decent start to the season in which he posted a .271/.314/.500 slash line. The return of Denard Span off the disabled list forced the Nationals to send him down.


Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) The Nationals activated center fielder Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Span had to open the season on the disabled list after underdoing surgery on his core muscle in March. He was able to play in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday before taking Saturday off. He's atop the lineup for Nationals in Sunday's game against the Phillies.

Taylor performed well while filling in as the team's center fielder. He hit .271/.314/.500 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases in 48 at-bats. He'll return to Syracuse where he can play every day, but he'll likely be back with the Nationals the next time an outfielder is out for an extended period with an injury.


Nationals not sure what to do with Michael Taylor


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor has filled in while Denard Span has been on the disabled list. Taylor is hitting .279 with two home runs this season. 

With Span expected to return from the DL in the near future, the Nationals aren't sure what to do with Taylor. The team could send him to Triple-A so he can continue to play every day, or the team could keep him in the Majors as a bench player. 

"The fact that Mike can play all three positions is important,"  manager Matt Williams said, per MASN Sports. "Days like today where (Jayson Werth's) not in there and days upcoming for Denard if we get to a point were he's played a bunch in a row and needs a day then yeah, there's starts in there. The question for any young player, the consistent at-bats are what really makes your season. That's why we have a minor league system, is because you can give those guys consistent at-bats and they can improve and get better. It's a tough question, ultimately a question we're going to have to answer. We have to look at Michael, at what's best for him, too."


Nationals' Michael Taylor slugs second home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor went 1 for 2 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Phillies Thursday.

Taylor came through with his second home run in the season in the fifth inning off Phillies starter Cole Hamels, breaking a 2-2 tie to put his team up for good. He's done a great job while filling in for Denard Span in center, hitting .282 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases, but he's also struck out 14 times in 39 at-bats. With Span likely to return to the team this weekend, perhaps as early as Friday, it's possible Taylor will soon be headed to Triple-A to bide his time until another injury hits the Nationals outfield.


Nats move Escobar to leadoff spot, drop Taylor to ninth in order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams made a few changes to his batting order Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Williams moved Yunel Escobar from the No. 2 spot in the lineup into the leadoff spot, where Michael Taylor was positioned the first seven games. Taylor dropped to ninth in the lineup Tuesday.

Outfielder Jayson Werth, who made his season debut Monday after beginning the season on the disabled list, moved up from the cleanup spot to second in the lineup. 

Escobar has a .367 on-base percentage through seven games. He has a career .353 on-base percentage in 222 games batting first.


Michael Taylor leads off game with homer for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor led off the game with a home run, for the team's only run of the game in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies. 

Taylor took starter Jerome Williams to a full count in an eight-pitch at bat, then hit one out to left field. Taylor went one for four and is hitting .294 for the season. 

"It was nice to get on the board early, but it was only one run," he said. "We needed more than that tonight."


Nationals' Michael Taylor impresses in leadoff role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor impressed manager Matt Williams after slapping a single to lead off the bottom of the first inning, masnsports.com reports.

"Today he battled with (a) two-strike count first time up and singled," Williams said. "I like where he's at. I like the way he's playing. He'll get better and better as he goes."

Taylor also came close to making what would have been a huge catch at the wall late in the game.

"Yeah, almost made that play up against the wall," Williams said. "Mike's got lots of talent. He's dynamic in every aspect. He can run. He plays good defense. He's got power. The key for him is to swing at strikes and get in good hitting counts and let his bat go to work. He had a chance. It's a difficult play. Ball's hit well. He timed it perfectly up against the wall. He was just short."

Taylor, who finished the 3-1 loss to the Mets 1 for 4 with one strikeout, should serve as the team's regular center fielder while Denard Span is sidelined.


Nationals' Michael Taylor showing solid approach at plate


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor continued his solid spring Sunday by connecting for two home runs off Tigers ace Justin Verlander, both of which came as a result of a newfound approach with two strikes, per MLB.com. 

Taylor, the Nationals' No. 2 prospect, is hitting .324 this spring and is line to start Opening Day with center fielder Denard Span sidelined. Taylor is still refining his hitting approach, but feels as if he has made strides that will pay off once the season begins. 

"I think I feel a little better than I did a couple of games ago," Taylor said. "I had a few ups and downs, a couple of bad games. I'm really trying to stay on the fastball, stay with my approach, put together good at-bats."


Nationals' Michael Taylor set for extra playing time with Span out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor will receive the majority of the playing time in center field this spring while Denard Span is sidelined, the Washington Post reports.

Span underwent surgery on his right core muscle Monday, opening a chance for Taylor to impress during Grapefruit League play. He hit .205/.279/.359 in 39 at-bats in his debut with the Nationals last season.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said they took Taylor aside a few days ago knowing Span would miss time and said, "You're the guy."

"[Taylor] has been to the big leagues and I think it has helped him in his preparation," Rizzo said, per MLB.com. "He knew how to prepare in the offseason to get ready for this. He thought he had a good chance to make the team in spring training this year. That was his goal. That was his motivation. He has really come prepared. He is more relaxed. He is a major leaguer now. He is a guy that has the skills to be a really good big league player. I think this injury to Denard gives him an opportunity. One man's injury is one man's opportunity. I'm sure Michael is going to take this opportunity and run with it."

Taylor also hit .304/.390/.526 with 23 home runs, 64 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 428 at-bats between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.


Nationals faced with tough decision regarding Michael Taylor


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) The Nationals are faced with a tough decision when it comes to outfield prospect Michael Taylor, who appears to be on the cusp of being ready for a regular role at the major-league level.

A major issue is playing time since the Nationals have a starting outfield of Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper and Denard Span. Taylor would be a solid fourth outfielder, but having him coming off the bench is not ideal for his development.

“It’s the same age-old decision that must be made regarding guys that are just on the cusp of being big-league ready and everyday players,” manager Matt Williams said, per NatsInsider.com. “And a question of depth on your team, too. … It’s a question of depth on your team, it’s a question of how much playing time they’re really going to get, and are they better served staying in the minor leagues and getting those at-bats until their opportunity arises. But Mike’s close. He’s really close.”