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3 Michael Taylor RF
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%: 36/21 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) 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.”


Nationals' Michael Taylor participates fully in Monday workout


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor (neck) participated fully in Monday's workouts, the Washington Post reports.

Taylor has been recovering from a neck twinge and was also able to take part in Sunday's workouts. Taylor should see significant time in right field while Jayson Werth (shoulder) recovers.


Nationals OF Michael Taylor OK despite neck injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday outfielder Michael Taylor is dealing with a twinge in his neck, per MLB.com. However, Taylor did participate in workouts Sunday.

“Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him. He is full go. He is ready to play,” Williams said.

Taylor is expected to see plenty of playing time this spring with right fielder Jayson Werth sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Taylor is considered the Nationals' third-best prospect by MLB.com.


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."