Biographical

Portrait of Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor RFWhite Sox

White Sox Player Cards | White Sox Team Audit | White Sox Depth Chart

2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
2 .240 0 0 0 0 .263 0.0
Birth Date12-19-1985
Height6' 5"
Weight255 lbs
Age28 years, 10 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.12011
-0.22012
-0.52013
0.02014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 OAK 25 11 35 30 4 6 0 0 1 9 5 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .314 .300 .266 0.5 0.5 0.1
2012 OAK 26 6 21 21 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .190 .105 -1.9 0.3 -0.2
2013 OAK 27 9 25 23 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .043 .120 .043 .058 -4.8 -0.2 -0.5
2014 CHA 28 11 33 28 3 7 1 0 0 8 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .364 .286 .246 0.1 -0.0 0.0
Career37114102917201221235000100.167.254.216.185-6.10.7-0.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 WPT A- 66 261 .246 .254 .335 .373 .259 .269 94 -4.1 7.8 -2.5 -2.3 3.0 3.4 0.1 3.4 0.1
2008 LWD A 67 288 .359 .256 .326 .386 .262 .408 100 29.2 8.1 -2.5 2.2 -4.4 32.1 3.6 32.1 3.6
2008 CLR A+ 65 266 .315 .257 .333 .382 .256 .378 103 15.8 7.8 -2.6 -1.0 -0.0 23.3 2.2 23.3 2.2
2009 REA AA 86 363 .332 .260 .334 .380 .265 .361 98 27.6 10.3 -3.9 -3.2 2.3 39.7 3.8 39.7 3.8
2009 LEH AAA 30 128 .298 .262 .331 .389 .248 .302 104 5.2 3.7 -1 4.2 0.6 10.5 1.4 10.5 1.4
2010 SAC AAA 127 523 .260 .281 .354 .444 .274 .328 94 -0.2 16.5 -5 -5.6 1.0 14.9 0.9 14.9 0.9
2011 OAK MLB 11 35 .266 .246 .317 .389 .257 .278 93 0.2 0.9 -0.3 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2011 SAC AAA 93 400 .274 .286 .359 .452 .268 .310 96 6.7 12.4 -3.9 -0.3 0.9 16.8 1.6 16.8 1.6
2012 OAK MLB 6 21 .105 .249 .322 .397 .258 .273 89 -3.2 0.6 -0.2 0.3 0.4 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2012 SAC AAA 120 543 .307 .284 .348 .440 .272 .349 96 28.8 16.1 -6.3 -8.5 3.6 39.3 3.0 39.3 3.0
2013 OAK MLB 9 25 .058 .273 .330 .453 .285 .056 92 -4.9 0.7 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 -4.8 -0.5 -4.8 -0.5
2013 SAC AAA 112 481 .301 .280 .348 .436 .274 .312 95 21.6 13.8 -4.8 5.3 -0.2 27.3 3.3 27.3 3.3
2014 CHA MLB 11 33 .246 .258 .313 .413 .268 .368 104 -0.4 0.9 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2014 CHR AAA 64 254 .290 .267 .337 .395 .254 .365 113 8.8 7.6 -3 0.6 0.1 15.2 1.6 15.2 1.6
2014 SAC AAA 59 258 .278 .284 .354 .470 .275 .293 90 5.4 7.7 -2.9 0.7 -1.6 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 WPT A- 261 30 53 14 0 6 33 23 53 8 2 .227 .301 .365 .137 .246 3.4 -2.3 0.1
2008 CLR A+ 266 36 80 27 1 9 38 19 46 5 6 .329 .383 .560 .230 .315 23.3 -1.0 2.2
2008 LWD A 288 40 90 12 3 10 50 31 43 10 3 .361 .444 .554 .193 .359 32.1 2.2 3.6
2009 LEH AAA 128 15 31 6 1 5 19 13 19 3 1 .282 .368 .491 .209 .298 10.5 4.2 1.4
2009 REA AA 363 59 106 22 4 15 65 35 51 18 4 .333 .411 .569 .236 .332 39.7 -3.2 3.8
2010 SAC AAA 523 79 126 26 6 6 78 51 92 16 5 .272 .350 .392 .121 .260 14.9 -5.6 0.9
2011 OAK MLB 35 4 6 0 0 1 1 5 11 0 0 .200 .314 .300 .100 .266 0.5 0.5 0.1
2011 SAC AAA 400 51 95 16 0 16 64 46 80 14 5 .272 .360 .456 .183 .274 16.8 -0.3 1.6
2012 SAC AAA 543 81 129 31 1 12 67 86 105 18 3 .287 .405 .441 .154 .307 39.3 -8.5 3.0
2012 OAK MLB 21 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 .143 .143 .190 .048 .105 -1.9 0.3 -0.2
2013 SAC AAA 481 54 118 25 1 18 85 50 88 5 2 .281 .360 .474 .193 .301 27.3 5.3 3.3
2013 OAK MLB 25 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 .043 .120 .043 .000 .058 -4.8 -0.2 -0.5
2014 CHR AAA 254 41 67 18 2 6 38 29 50 1 0 .306 .386 .489 .183 .290 15.2 0.6 1.6
2014 SAC AAA 258 34 53 14 1 5 31 33 50 7 2 .243 .357 .385 .142 .278 5.7 0.7 0.6
2014 CHA MLB 33 3 7 1 0 0 0 5 9 0 0 .250 .364 .286 .036 .246 0.1 -0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 151 0.4834 0.4371 0.6818 0.5616 0.3205 0.8049 0.4800 0.3182
2012 89 0.4831 0.5281 0.5957 0.5814 0.4783 0.7200 0.4545 0.4043
2013 112 0.5625 0.4464 0.8200 0.5238 0.3469 0.8788 0.7059 0.1800
2014 140 0.4643 0.4000 0.7857 0.5385 0.2800 0.8857 0.6190 0.2143
Career4920.49590.44510.72730.550.34350.82940.56640.2727

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-22 2014-09-22 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Soreness Sliding - Bothered for a Week -
2013-03-04 2013-03-15 Camp 11 0 - Fingers Laceration Throwing Out Gum - -
2011-04-07 2011-05-13 Minors 36 0 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2010-05-14 2010-05-29 Minors 15 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-08-22 2009-09-08 Minors 17 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 OAK $
2013 OAK $
2012 OAK $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 59 dBrodie Van Wagenen1 year/$0.5025M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5025M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 3/14. DFA by Oakland 3/29/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Oakland 4/3/14. Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Oakland 6/14/14. Contract selected by Chicago White Sox 9/2/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Oakland 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Oakland 11/19/10. Re-signed by Oakland 3/11.
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from Toronto 12/16/09 (in exchange for Brett Wallace).
  • Acquired by Toronto in trade from Philadelphia 12/16/09 (Roy Halladay deal).
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2007 (5-173) (Stanford). $0.131M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 514 69 126 24 1 17 64 62 106 11 3 .284 .373 .458 .309 33.8 RF 0, LF -1 3.5
80o 492 64 116 22 1 16 59 57 104 10 3 .269 .356 .434 .295 25.6 RF 0, LF -1 2.6
70o 476 60 109 21 1 15 55 53 103 9 3 .259 .344 .417 .285 20.1 RF 0, LF -1 2.0
60o 463 56 102 19 1 14 52 50 101 8 2 .250 .333 .403 .276 15.7 RF 0, LF -1 1.6
50o 450 53 96 18 1 13 49 47 100 8 2 .241 .323 .389 .268 11.7 RF 0, LF -1 1.1
40o 437 51 90 17 1 12 47 44 99 8 2 .233 .314 .376 .260 7.9 RF 0, LF -1 0.7
30o 424 48 84 16 1 11 44 41 97 7 2 .225 .303 .362 .251 4.1 RF 0, LF -1 0.3
20o 408 44 79 15 1 11 41 38 95 6 2 .214 .291 .345 .241 0.0 RF 0, LF -1 -0.1
10o 386 40 68 13 0 9 37 34 92 6 2 .201 .274 .323 .227 -5.3 RF 0, LF -1 -0.7
Weighted Mean456559919113514810182.245.328.395.27213.6RF 0, LF -11.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 9% 9% 16% 24%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529250315210082825564.234.313.382.2571.111.3-0.2-1.614.9-1.9-0.8
201630340406713093637805.225.311.362.2510.66.7-0.4-2.214.9-5.6-1.0
201731623741232401868651448.225.308.366.2510.34.2-0.9-4.214.9-5.6-1.9
201832637761262401768671477.225.310.361.2500.13.2-1.1-4.514.9-6.2-1.9
201933636741222301666661506.220.304.350.243-0.3-0.9-1.3-4.714.9-9.9-1.9
202034631751282301869611394.229.305.368.248-0.01.6-1.6-4.814.9-6.9-1.9
202135604711212101765601323.226.304.360.246-0.20.1-1.7-4.814.9-8.4-1.8
202236609721252201766591291.230.305.364.247-0.10.7-1.8-5.014.9-7.5-1.8
202337633731242101766611400.221.298.348.240-0.7-4.5-1.9-5.414.9-12.2-1.9

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3.80.80.50.70.70.86.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 91 Cole Gillespie 2012 .000 DNP
2 89 Chad Huffman 2013 .000 DNP
3 88 Bronson Sardinha 2011 .000 DNP
4 87 Brandon Jones 2012 .000 DNP
5 85 Bill Rhinehart 2013 .000 DNP
6 85 Matt Watson 2007 .000 DNP
7 84 Mark Hamilton 2013 .000 DNP
8 83 Brian Stavisky 2009 .000 DNP
9 83 Joe Mather 2011 .212
10 83 Brian Bogusevic 2012 .232
11 83 Prentice Redman 2008 .000 DNP
12 82 Jordan Parraz 2013 .000 DNP
13 82 David Smith 2009 .000 DNP
14 82 Deik Scram 2012 .000 DNP
15 82 Drew Sutton 2011 .273
16 81 Adam Loewen 2012 .000 DNP
17 81 Mike Baxter 2013 .227
18 81 Stephen Smitherman 2007 .000 DNP
19 81 Jason Cooper 2009 .000 DNP
20 80 Drew Locke 2011 .000 DNP
21 80 Jamie Hoffmann 2013 .000 DNP
22 80 Matt Miller 2011 .000 DNP
23 80 Bubba Bell 2011 .000 DNP
24 80 Paul McAnulty 2009 .000 DNP
25 80 Cole Garner 2013 .000 DNP
26 80 Sergio Pedroza 2012 .000 DNP
27 80 Matt McBride 2013 .000 DNP
28 79 Daniel Nava 2011 .000 DNP
29 79 Trent Oeltjen 2011 .257
30 79 Doug Deeds 2009 .000 DNP
31 79 Caleb Stewart 2010 .000 DNP
32 79 Matt Craig 2009 .000 DNP
33 79 Luke Allen 2007 .000 DNP
34 79 Larry Broadway 2009 .000 DNP
35 79 Jeff Salazar 2009 .083
36 79 Jerad Head 2011 .181
37 79 Aaron Bates 2012 .000 DNP
38 79 T.J. Bohn 2008 .306
39 79 Tommy Everidge 2011 .000 DNP
40 79 Brent Clevlen 2012 .000 DNP
41 78 Val Majewski 2009 .000 DNP
42 78 Jorge Padilla 2008 .000 DNP
43 78 Garrett Jones 2009 .311
44 78 Ben Copeland 2012 .000 DNP
45 78 Brett Carroll 2011 -.027
46 78 Brad Nelson 2011 .000 DNP
47 78 Tagg Bozied 2008 .000 DNP
48 78 Michael Restovich 2007 .122
49 78 Cyle Hankerd 2013 .000 DNP
50 78 Scott Moore 2012 .276
51 78 Casey Rogowski 2009 .000 DNP
52 78 Ray Sadler 2009 .000 DNP
53 78 Kevin Thompson 2008 .000 DNP
54 78 Adam Boeve 2008 .000 DNP
55 77 Luke Montz 2012 .000 DNP
56 77 Adam Heether 2010 .000 DNP
57 77 Robinson Chirinos 2012 .000 DNP
58 77 Josh Satin 2013 .283
59 77 Juan Miranda 2011 .261
60 77 Brian Barton 2010 .000 DNP
61 77 Reid Gorecki 2009 .168
62 77 Chip Ambres 2008 .249
63 77 Max Ramirez 2013 .000 DNP
64 77 Jeff Baisley 2011 .000 DNP
65 77 Micah Hoffpauir 2008 .349
66 77 Brian Burgamy 2009 .000 DNP
67 76 Johan Limonta 2012 .000 DNP
68 76 Chris Carter 2011 .000 DNP
69 76 Jason Perry 2009 .000 DNP
70 76 Scott Cousins 2013 .121
71 76 Leonard Davis 2012 .000 DNP
72 76 Tug Hulett 2011 .000 DNP
73 76 Stefan Gartrell 2012 .000 DNP
74 76 Jeremy Brown 2008 .000 DNP
75 76 Yurendell de Caster 2008 .000 DNP
76 76 Jermaine Mitchell 2013 .000 DNP
77 76 Jordan Czarniecki 2009 .000 DNP
78 76 Travis Buck 2012 .215
79 75 Mike Wilson 2011 .174
80 75 David Cook 2010 .000 DNP
81 75 Colin Curtis 2013 .000 DNP
82 75 J.R. House 2008 -.002
83 75 Mike Paulk 2012 .000 DNP
84 75 Landon Powell 2010 .218
85 75 Jordan Brown 2012 .000 DNP
86 75 Russell Mitchell 2013 .000 DNP
87 75 Jack Hannahan 2008 .238
88 75 Dustin Martin 2012 .000 DNP
89 75 Clint Robinson 2013 .000 DNP
90 75 Bryan LaHair 2011 .308
91 75 Anthony Recker 2012 .204
92 75 Josh Rodriguez 2013 .000 DNP
93 75 Brad Snyder 2010 .188
94 75 Nate Spears 2013 .000 DNP
95 75 Ronnier Mustelier 2013 .000 DNP
96 75 Miles Durham 2011 .000 DNP
97 74 Jeff Bailey 2007 .136
98 74 Jeffrey Corsaletti 2011 .000 DNP
99 74 Matt Macri 2010 .000 DNP
100 74 Cole Armstrong 2012 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .115 .214 .149 .149
11 vs R (Multi) .078 .101 .104 .054
18 Split (Multi) -.037 -.113 -.046 -.095
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .091 .231 .091 .135
31 vs R (2013) .000 .000 .000 -.043
38 Split (2013) -.091 -.231 -.091 -.179
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Taylor has spent enough time in Sacramento to run for office, and though his stagnation has taken the luster off his projection, he has quietly made significant strides at the plate in successive seasons with the River Cats. Something clicked for the massive outfielder, and his walk rate skyrocketed above 15 percent, complemented by a high contact-rate, doubles power, and efficiency on the basepaths. It will be difficult for Taylor to seize a spot in an Oakland outfield that is teeming with talent—with more on the way—but the 27-year-old has a small window of opportunity to convert his skills into a major-league gig.
2012 After spending the majority of the last three seasons at Triple-A, former top prospect Michael Taylor really, really wants to make it onto the 25-man roster.
2011 Entering the year with a career .312/.383/.515 minor-league triple-slash line, the key piece in 2009's Brett Wallace deal was expected to rake at Sacramento in preparation for a September call-up. Instead, Taylor failed to repeat his Triple-A showing from the previous year and spent the season moldering in the minors. Scouts sometimes wondered if they were watching the same player he'd been during his Phillies days, as Taylor altered his swing mechanics in a vain attempt to break out of his slump. He was never able to find his power, and his formerly lauded contact skills took a dive as well. Twelve months ago, he was penciled in as a 2011 big-league regular, but now he's blocked and headed back to Triple-A.
2010 Taylor's progress as a prospect has been picking up speed; after putting up solid numbers in the low minors in 2008, he took even larger steps forward in Double- and Triple-A in 2009. He's a difficult batter to evaluate—despite being built like a pro wrestler, Talyor employs a contact-oriented approach, simply hitting home runs because he's just that strong. Traded to Toronto as part of the Halladay package, the Jays quickly flipped him to Oakland for Brett Wallace in an exchange of right-now readiness for upside. If Taylor fulfills that potential, he could hit .300 with 20-25 home runs annually. He might not make the A's right out of spring training, but given their overly vanilla outfield cast, he should put himself into the picture in short order.
2009 Taylor was one of the best high school players in the county during his youth in Florida, but his stock went down during each of his three years at Stanford as his performances disappointed. After drafting him, the Phillies got him away from "The Stanford Swing" which focuses on one-plane contact and told Taylor to return to his natural style. As you can see, the results were stunning and immediate. Built like Dave Winfield (only bigger), Taylor's ceiling rivals that of any prospect in the system, the only issue being that those three lost years in Palo Alto left him a bit behind the curve.

BP Articles

Michael Taylor is referenced in the following articles.

BP Premium requires BP Premium access to view, BP Fantasy requires BP Premium or BP Fantasy access to view

  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: Eight of the Best Defensive Plays of 2014Baseball Prospectus2014-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: Prospects to Watch in the AFLBP Prospect Staff2014-10-06
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 29, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 26, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Angels Add Post-Post-Post-Post-Post Hype All-StarR.J. Anderson2014-08-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 TalkBen Carsley2014-08-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 TalkCraig Goldstein2014-08-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 18th Edition: The Final QuestBret Sayre2014-08-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessInterleague Report: Week 21Jeff Quinton2014-08-18
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 13, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-08-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 17th EditionBret Sayre2014-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Michael TaylorJ.P. Breen2014-08-11
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Michael TaylorTucker Blair2014-08-11
BP Unfiltered: From the Road: Up Close, Batting Practice at 2014 MLB Futures GameNick J. Faleris2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 31Jeff Moore2014-08-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trending Prospects and Big LeaguersBen Murphy2014-07-31
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trending Prospects and Big LeaguersIan Lefkowitz2014-07-31
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trending Prospects and Big LeaguersJared Weiss2014-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: July 21, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-07-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: July 21, 2014Jason Parks2014-07-21
This article requires BP Premium access2014 Futures Game Preview: Scouting the U.S. TeamRon Shah2014-07-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part TwoCraig Goldstein2014-07-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part TwoBen Carsley2014-07-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: USACraig Goldstein2014-06-25
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 18Jeff Moore2014-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Vance Like There's Nobody WatchingR.J. Anderson2014-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 28Jeff Moore2014-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 21Jeff Moore2014-05-22
Eyewitness Accounts: May 15, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 12, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 12, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 8Jeff Moore2014-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 25-27Jeff Moore2014-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 22Jeff Moore2014-04-23
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Weekend Games of April 18-20Jeff Moore2014-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Notes from Five LeaguesJeff Moore2014-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Notes from Five LeaguesAl Skorupa2014-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Notes from Five LeaguesEthan Purser2014-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, April 14Jeff Moore2014-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Backfield/Minor-League Game NotesBP Prospect Staff2014-04-08
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomJason Parks2014-03-03
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomBP Prospect Staff2014-03-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Washington Nationals Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2014-02-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersIan Lefkowitz2014-02-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersJared Weiss2014-02-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersBen Murphy2014-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 9Jeff Moore2013-12-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 5Jeff Moore2013-12-06
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: International Winter League Games of November 18Jeff Moore2013-11-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: Oakland AthleticsBen Carsley2013-11-14
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Shane Victorino and the Hunt for the Elusive 9-3 PutoutZachary Levine2013-10-25
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Most Depressing Age-27 Seasons of 2013Sam Miller2013-09-04
Pebble Hunting: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade For, Jake PeavySam Miller2013-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 16, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 9Zach Mortimer2013-05-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5Zach Mortimer2013-05-06
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 5, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Grande FinaleR.J. Anderson2013-04-25
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 24, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Ending BradleyR.J. Anderson2013-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 12-14Zach Mortimer2013-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 14, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-14
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2013 Organizational RankingsJason Parks2013-03-29
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, March 27Zach Mortimer2013-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Washington Nationals Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Oakland Athletics Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-02-22
This article requires BP Premium accessRumor Roundup: Monday, February 18Daniel Rathman2013-02-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Fallout from Recent MovesDerek Carty2012-12-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Value Picks at First Base, Third Base, DH, and OutfieldRob McQuown2011-02-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Napoli, oh NapoliChristina Kahrl2011-01-26
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-01-11
Checking the Numbers: Ranking R2C2Eric Seidman2010-12-15
Transaction Analysis: Western Divisions BackfillChristina Kahrl2010-11-20
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of October 13Kevin Goldstein2010-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of October 12Kevin Goldstein2010-10-13
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Top 11 Review: AL WestKevin Goldstein2010-10-01
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Oakland AthleticsKevin Goldstein2010-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Oakland AthleticsJohn Perrotto2010-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Oakland AthleticsESPN Insider2010-09-27
BP Podcast: Episode 18: I'm Stopping The Podcast!Kevin Goldstein2010-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Monday Ten PackKevin Goldstein2010-09-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Hot Spots: OutfieldRob McQuown2010-09-15
Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of September 10Kevin Goldstein2010-09-11
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of September 2Kevin Goldstein2010-09-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 11Kevin Goldstein2010-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Texas Fold 'EmChristina Kahrl2010-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Texas Fold 'EmKevin Goldstein2010-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 22Kevin Goldstein2010-07-23
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 20Kevin Goldstein2010-07-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 19Kevin Goldstein2010-07-20
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 15Kevin Goldstein2010-07-16
On the Beat: Wednesday Update: The A's Uphill ClimbJohn Perrotto2010-07-07
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Org Watch: Rangers, Athletics, AngelsKevin Goldstein2010-06-30
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of June 28Kevin Goldstein2010-06-29
Fixing Problems: Finding Alternative Solutions to Roster QuandariesChristina Kahrl2010-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: The Top 101 Prospects Update, Part 1Kevin Goldstein2010-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: AL Pre-season EditionJay Jaffe2010-04-02
On the Beat: Mid-Week UpdateJohn Perrotto2010-03-31
This article requires BP Premium accessSpring Conversations: Oakland Athletics Kevin Goldstein2010-03-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Depth Chart/PFM Update, Part 2Clay Davenport2010-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessChecking the Numbers: The All Paid By My Former Employer TeamJeff Euston2010-03-16
This article requires BP Premium accessChecking the Numbers: The All Paid By My Former Employer TeamEric Seidman2010-03-16
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Future Top Dogs, ALKevin Goldstein2010-03-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2Kevin Goldstein2010-03-09
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Top 101 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2010-03-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000Christina Kahrl2010-02-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2010-01-14
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: New Year UpdateJohn Perrotto2010-01-03
Prospectus Q&A: Eric KubotaDavid Laurila2009-12-29
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: A's Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2009-12-29
The Week in Quotes: December 14-20Alex Carnevale2009-12-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Threesome or Foursome?Christina Kahrl2009-12-17
This article requires BP Premium accessAhead in the Count: Anatomy of a BlockbusterMatt Swartz2009-12-17
Prospectus Today: Of Unselfish Decisions and Restocked SystemsJoe Sheehan2009-12-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: NL Shopping ListsJoe Sheehan2009-12-06
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Philadelphia PhilliesBaseball Prospectus2009-11-06
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: November 4Kevin Goldstein2009-11-04
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Monday Ten PackKevin Goldstein2009-11-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: August 13Kevin Goldstein2009-08-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Major Moves RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Review and ResetJoe Sheehan2009-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Striking Bargains and Striking OutJohn Perrotto2009-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Packaging the Canadian AceJoe Sheehan2009-07-09
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Great Leaps ForwardKevin Goldstein2009-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: June 30Kevin Goldstein2009-06-30
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: June 25Kevin Goldstein2009-06-25
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: NL Draft WrapKevin Goldstein2009-06-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Tuesday's Monday Ten PackKevin Goldstein2009-05-26
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: May 15, 2009Kevin Goldstein2009-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: May 1Kevin Goldstein2009-05-01
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Future Top Dogs, NLKevin Goldstein2009-04-08
This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: Split LineupsBryan Smith2009-04-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2Kevin Goldstein2009-03-18
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Hawaiian Winter League PreviewKevin Goldstein2008-09-27


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the A's will call up Michael Taylor any time soon? He had a poor first half and was hampered by injury. Has been on a nice little tear recently, though. Previous two seasons in the minors were excellent. I'd rather see him out there than Travis Buck....
(Clark Griswold from Inside a Christmas tree)
Kevin Goldstein knows far more than I do about the situation. Earlier this week, he said he'd be surprised if Taylor were up before September. I have nothing informative to add to that, except that with the A's seemingly out of it but now down Ryan Sweeney as well, it wouldn't hurt to take a bit of a longer look at him than September, with its distortions in terms of talent level, traditionally allows. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)KG via twitter apparently blasting Wallace/Gose trade: "It's a gamble trade -- you want a guy who is pretty much big league ready but no more than average for his position, or take an upside risk?" and "Your so-called 'hitting machine' has a career .299/.357/.484 line at Triple-A in good hitting parks, and offers ZERO after the bat."
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Interesting. I guess his value really has fallen more than I thought. So has Michael Taylor's though, so I'm not sure the Jays can really hate themselves too much for getting him in the first place. (Matt Swartz)
2010-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of chances do you think Oakland has this year? They can't hit, but that pitching staff seems pretty impressive up and down, especially if Sheets starts over 20 games
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
In that division they have more than a fair chance. It's going to be interesting to see how fast they can reload on that offense if some of the holdovers disappoint and they seem to be making a race of it. Will Chris Carter or Michael Taylor arrive in time to provide some relief? (Steven Goldman)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)For fatnasy purposes, who would you rather have: Domonic Brown or Michael Taylor?
(Connor from Chicago, IL)
Michael Taylor, definitely, because his path to the majors is much easier. I think Taylor is going to be at least an average hitter, like, next year. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Most rankings seem to have Michael Taylor and Brett Wallace very close, whereas you have them 24 spots apart. What differences between them do you see that others are missing?
(mbring from St. Cloud, MN)
I haven't seen a lot of other rankings, I'm guess I have Wallace lower than most. He's a first baseman with on-base skills but not crazy power for the position, nor even the kind of power you need to star at the position. I just don't think he's a star there. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you feel, given the succession of events, about trading CarGo, Street, and Smith for Michael Taylor?
(tommy from Fremont)
A lot better about it than I did trading CarGo and two years of Street for Brett Wallace. Either way, Greg Smith's what, a party favor? (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Michael Taylor starting in a corner for the A's in April? Does that mean Ryan Sweeney's the CF and Rajai Davis is back to fourth OF? Or is that all too much to hope for?
(Jason Wojciechowski from South Texas)
Hey Jason! If nothing else I'd expect the A's to game Taylor's service time by starting him in the minors, but I don't see why you couldn't play all three if they're your best outfielders. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)How would you handle the Phils OF post-2009 with 3 all star outfielders and two premium prospects close to ready?
(Jay from Philly)
Next year = same as this year. After next season, Werth will get a bigger deal somewhere else and Michael Taylor will slide in. After 2011, Ibanez will be gone and Dom Brown will slide in. All the while Victorino stays in all likelihood. At least that is how I am envisioning they have things drawn up. (Eric Seidman)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the ceiling on Daniel Descalso? Also, can you think of any other college bats that went from looking miserable to looking superb as Descalso has done? Its been quite the turn around.
(cardsfan89 from St. Louis)
He could be a solid starter, I don't think he's a future stud or anything. Bats going from looking miserable to superb actually happens quite a bit, but it's always exciting. Look at Michael Taylor of the Phillies. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Michael Taylor....good major league outfielder or future all-star?
(heeler from Peoria, IL)
I think at a minimum, he's somewhere in between that -- an above-average every day guy and occasional All-Star. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems to me that in prospects-for-veteran trades such as the one Ricciardi might be contemplating for Roy Halladay, teams look more for potential aces (Kyle Drabek) than potential all-star regulars (Michael Taylor). One, do you think this is an accurate observation, and two, do you think it's a wise philosophy? (Also: Zen Arcade ranks among humankind's greatest accomplishments.)
(jeffstoned from (Brooklyn))
I do think that's accurate. When you hear people talk about Philly untouchables (even though it's all speculation) it's Drabek always, and even Knapp sometimes, but never Taylor. Aces are harder to find that All-Star outfielders, and I think that's the big difference. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have you heard from any scouts about Dom Brown? His numbers look great, but have scouts backed them up by saying he's putting together his toolset? As a Phillies fan, I really hope they don't trade either him or Michael Taylor at the deadline this year.
(Taco from Philly)
The tools were always there for a guy like Brown -- you should be excited about him as a PHillies fan. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

No BP Roundtables have mentioned this guy.

 

PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC