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"Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF"
7. Michael Taylor, OF
Drafted/Signed: 6th round, 2009, Westminster Academy (FL)
2011 Stats: .253/.310/.432 at Single-A (126 G)
Tools Profile: Yes, many of them.
Year in Review: Athletic outfielder made improvements throughout the season.
The Good: Taylor's tools are loud. He's an impressive athlete with above-average speed and plenty of raw power. Drafted as an infielder, Taylor made progress in the outfield and projects to be an above-average defender with a plus arm. His improvements at the plate were even more noticeable, as he hit .291/.351/.498 after the All-Star break.
The Bad: Taylor has trouble against right-handed pitching, and his approach does him no favors as his impatience leads to pitchers expanding his strike zone and getting him to chase. Strikeouts will always be a part of his game, as his swing can get unhinged at times, and there are questions about his pure hitting ability. His arm is strong, but he often misses his mark.
Ephemera: Three of Taylor's seven triples in 2011, as well as five of his 11 home runs, came in the fifth inning of games, as hit hit .316/.355/.719 in 57 at-bats.
Perfect World Projection: All-Star center fielder.
Fantasy Impact: If every tool actualizes, he'll be an impact performer. It's important to note that this almost never happens.
Path to the Big Leagues: A full-season of performance like Taylor's second half could make him a Top 101 prospect a year from now. He'll begin 2012 at High-A Potomac.
From the 2012 Baseball Prospectus guide.http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15894