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Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Topic Start: October 14, 2011, 03:07:13 PM »
A few choice quotes from latest from Borble Bundledunker on Michael Taylor. I searched but did not find a follow the prospects thread for him. Please merge if I missed it.

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After he was unable to acquire a center fielder before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Mike Rizzo said that the Nationals have a player who will be their center fielder of the future.

While he didn't name the player, the person that Rizzo was referring to was Michael Taylor, a sixth-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Taylor, the best defensive center fielder in the farm system, played for Class A Hagerstown this past season, hitting .253 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs.


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After hitting .214 before the All-Star break, Taylor hit .291 with a .351 on-base percentage during the second half of the season. Taylor said that the biggest change was being relaxed at the plate.
 
"In the first half I was a little anxious, trying to do too much," Taylor said. "Once I kind of let go of those things and just relaxed, it really helped me."


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"He was a shortstop and not very good," Corrales said. "The decision was made to put him in the outfield, and he took to it just like you wouldn't believe. He has outstanding range -- going back, going in, going to the sides. Now he is starting to believe he can hit. Michael Taylor is going to be a good baseball player. He is a fine young man.


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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #1: October 14, 2011, 03:27:13 PM »
No one claimed him.  Do you want to modify this and post up some general bio stuff,so it serves as an FTP?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #2: October 14, 2011, 03:32:26 PM »
Sounds like a winning idea to me.

Though I am confused by the article... how does Lorb know Rizzo was referring to Taylor and not Eury Perez who's a level ahead of Taylor and said to be a very good defensive CF'er?

Either way... I love me some Taylor. I've been watching him for a while and was always impressed with his power numbers and decent eye at the plate. Hopefully he puts up Hood level numbers in Potomac and I get a shot to see him in Richmond come 2013!

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #3: October 16, 2011, 08:59:49 PM »
I'll add that I have seen Erik Komatsu play CF at Harrisburg, and he looks useless. The CF of the future must be down below AA, if the Nats (think they) have him.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #4: October 17, 2011, 09:33:41 AM »
Well that's a kick in the nuts.  If that's the case, they probably need to look at something more than a one year stop gap this offseason.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #5: February 01, 2012, 11:11:06 AM »
Two things, one, can a mod change the title to

"Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF"

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7. Michael Taylor, OF
DOB: 3/26/91
Height/Weight: 6-2/190
Bats/Throws: R/R
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.
ETA: 2015


From the 2012 Baseball Prospectus guide.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15894


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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #7: May 12, 2012, 12:46:09 PM »
Racking up doubles but not homers at Potomac.  Big jump in walk rate :clap:  (6.6% --> 13.6%).  Ks too much still (27.1%).  .253 / .368 / .404 through 118 PAs and 29 games.  2 steals and 7 CS :shock: 

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #8: May 17, 2012, 06:56:14 PM »
Next Lannan. I'll post video later... But almost exact same windup and everything.

Edit: Meant for the Rosenbaum thread.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #9: July 16, 2012, 08:00:58 PM »
It took him 299 ABs but Michael Taylor finally hit his first HR of the season tonight, a grand slam in the first inning off of Lynchburg RHP Aaron Northcraft.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #10: July 21, 2012, 09:29:05 PM »
oh boy, someone is getting hot. Last two games:

Tonight: 5/5 with Double, HR, 3 Singles, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs
Yesterday: 3/5 with 2 Doubles, HR, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 Walk

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #11: July 22, 2012, 09:22:03 AM »
Started hitting as soon as Goodwin passed him on the org depth chart...

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #12: July 22, 2012, 04:38:28 PM »
saw him today, they had him batting lead-off.  He was 1-4 with 3Ks, very short, quick swing.  he tried to bunt his way on a few times.  Reminds me a lot of a younger, thinner destin hood.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #13: July 24, 2012, 10:41:08 AM »
Taylor named Carolina Player of the Week.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120723&content_id=35454026&vkey=news_t436&fext=.jsp&sid=t436

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Taylor earns his first Hitter of the Week award in his professional baseball career batting .483 (14-for-29) over seven games. Of those 14 hits, eight of them came in consecutive plate appearances over the weekend against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Taylor also hit his first three home runs of the season including a grand slam, the first by a P-Nat in 2012. For the week, Taylor scored 13 times and drove in eight runs while slugging .931.

Taylor, 21, is hitting .245 on the year and his third in the Carolina League with 29 doubles. The speedy centerfielder also shares the team lead with 44 runs and ranks in a tie for third with 15 stolen bases through 100 games.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #14: July 24, 2012, 10:01:16 PM »
This kid is red hot.

4/5 tonight with a Double, 3 Singles, 2 RBIs, Run, SB.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
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Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #16: July 27, 2012, 02:56:58 PM »
trade bait

Re: Follow the Prospects: Michael Taylor, OF
« Reply #17: August 06, 2012, 04:21:06 PM »
kid really needs to hit the weight room, looks like a toothpick