Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the third straight season, Taylor provided fantasy owners with cheap power and speed, but this time he reached new heights while playing regularly in place of Adam Eaton (knee). Taylor's swing-and-miss ways (31.8 career strikeout percentage) will limit what he can offer in terms of batting average -- he probably will struggle to top his .271 mark from last year, although he makes the most of his limited contact (34 percent hard contact rate, 20.0 percent HR/FB last season). With their optimal Opening Day lineup, the Nationals likely will want Taylor in center field. After all, he ranked sixth in the majors with a 10.1 UZR., but with Eaton returning and top prospect Victor Robles looming, Taylor will have a limited margin for error. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $2.525 million deal with the Nationals in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Back on bench after huge performance
OFWashington Nationals
August 1, 2018
Taylor is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
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Taylor will take a seat a day after starting in center field and reaching base in five of six plate appearances in Tuesday's 25-4 romp. He finished the day with three runs, three hits -- including his third triple of the campaign -- and a pair of walks, raising his on-base percentage to .306. Bryce Harper will settle back into his normal role in center field while Taylor returns to the bench.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .727 312 32 11 32 10 .257 .302 .425
Since 2016vs Right .707 742 97 21 65 45 .241 .297 .410
2018vs Left .616 129 13 3 12 4 .217 .266 .350
2018vs Right .659 256 33 3 16 20 .232 .298 .361
2017vs Left .849 96 8 4 13 1 .308 .344 .505
2017vs Right .794 336 47 15 40 16 .260 .313 .481
2016vs Left .755 87 11 4 7 5 .259 .310 .444
2016vs Right .596 150 17 3 9 9 .214 .260 .336
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .761 520 69 14 54 27 .271 .331 .431
Since 2016Away .666 534 60 18 43 28 .221 .267 .398
2018Home .637 195 24 2 13 8 .233 .292 .344
2018Away .652 190 22 4 15 16 .220 .282 .370
2017Home .929 217 33 11 35 10 .313 .369 .561
2017Away .684 215 22 8 18 7 .229 .271 .413
2016Home .651 108 12 1 6 9 .255 .324 .327
2016Away .655 129 16 6 10 5 .211 .240 .415
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How does Michael Taylor compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
30.1%
 
BABIP
.320
 
ISO
.130
 
AVG
.227
 
OBP
.287
 
SLG
.357
 
OPS
.644
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Strikeouts have been the story for Taylor since he broke into the league in 2014. He has struck out over 30 percent of the time in each of the last three seasons, with 32.5 percent of his 237 plate appearances in 2016 ending in a strikeout. The young outfielder also spent time with Triple-A Syracuse in 2016, where he hit just .205 in 130 plate appearances across 31 games. Taylor hit .313 over 98 games and 441 plate appearances with Double-A Harrisburg back in 2014, but he hasn't hit nearly that well since. He's a very strong defensive outfielder, however, which gives him value to the Nats, and that was one reason they kept him on the roster going into the postseason. Taylor should get another shot at a big league spot in 2017. If he can improve his average and contact rate, it would go a long way toward improving his fantasy value.
The potential for a 20/20 season will always be there with Taylor. He has plus speed, going 16-for-19 on stolen base attempts last season, and fringe average raw power, hitting 14 homers in 511 plate appearances. The lanky center fielder hit 22 home runs and stole 34 bases in 441 plate appearances at Double-A back in 2014, so his big league totals in 2015 probably represent more of a floor than a ceiling over a full season. That said, his path was blocked with the acquisition of Ben Revere in January, and he may not stick as an everyday player long-term if he cannot get on base with more consistency. His plus defense in center and toolsy profile should afford him a decent number opportunities even if he does open the year as the team's fourth outfielder, but improvements in his approach and contact skills are probably necessary for him to be seen as the long-term solution up the middle in the nation’s capital.
Just as Brian Goodwin did the year before, Taylor turned in a Double-A performance in 2014 that launched him to the top of the Nationals' position player prospect list. Unlike Goodwin, Taylor put together an actually impressive statistical season rather than one that only looked good in comparison to his previous output, hitting .313/.396/.539 with 22 home runs and 34 steals. His strikeout rate also spiked, though, and that empty air in his swing came back to haunt him in brief stops at Triple-A and the majors. Now established as the Nats' center fielder of the future, the 24-year-old will need to find a way to make more consistent contact if he wants to fully realize his five-tool potential. With Denard Span expected to miss all of April following spring core muscle repair surgery, Taylor has a chance to begin the season in a prominent role for the Nats as the team's primary center fielder, although he could end up back at Triple-A once Span is healthy if the Nats want to continue his development with everyday at-bats.
Taylor's 51 steals in 58 attempts at High-A jump off the page, but he is more than just a one-dimensional speedster. The outfielder is still rough around the edges, so how he responds to the Double-A challenge this season will provide a much better idea of how close to the majors he actually is. If some of the 41 doubles he hit last year become home runs, and some of his strikeouts become walks and singles, Taylor will leap up prospect lists in a hurry.
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On bench Friday
OFWashington Nationals
July 6, 2018
Taylor is not in the lineup against the Marlins on Friday.
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Crosses plate three times in comeback win
OFWashington Nationals
July 6, 2018
Taylor went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored in Thursday's comeback win over the Marlins.
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Out again Monday
OFWashington Nationals
July 2, 2018
Taylor is not in the lineup against Boston on Monday.
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Sitting for third straight day
OFWashington Nationals
July 1, 2018
Taylor is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.
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On bench Friday
OFWashington Nationals
June 29, 2018
Taylor is out of the lineup against the Phillies on Friday.
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