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Michael Taylor

Born: 03/26/1991 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 210
Primary Position: CF
Physical/Health
Tall and lean frame; room for growth; could fill out bottom half marginally without losing speed; Major League body.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 04/07/2014
Dates Seen 4/3/2014 - 4/6/2014
Affiliate Harrisburg Senators (MLB, Nationals)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2015 Medium 50 45; second-division player No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Bat path through zone is inconsistent; solid extension; swing can become elongated; hands with some noise; hips sway and are noisy; pulls off on a CH with good fade from RHP; fringe ability at picking up spin off hand; Some compaction of swing could go a long way; plenty of swing-and-miss at this stage.
Power 55 Plus raw power; plays down due to contact concerns; mild lift in swing; great sound off the bat; plus bat speed allows for quick impact.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Plus speed; shows pure athleticism and good burst in the field and on the basepath; violent runner; ability and instincts to swipe a base; could be a 25+ SB player at MLB level with playing time.
Glove 50 Inconsistent; plus agility; plus speed; reads are adventurous; gets a poor first step at times; pure athleticism makes up for some ground lost; Needs to control athleticism better; Overruns some balls in the gaps; Shows plus ability at times. Fence awareness is not quite there.
Arm 55 Solid-average arm; plenty for CF; extreme arm-side run if overthrown; accuracy is merely average; Needs to work on setting feet before throws; crow hop can become stuttered and double-clutched.
Overall

Taylor has loud tools, but the inconsistencies in his game will likely hinder the overall ceiling. The power and defense will play, but the hit tool needs some work and I do wonder whether he has enough to make any impact at the Major League level. At the very least, Taylor shows enough to provide an asset for any club, but some inability to consistently string together AB against RHP could keep him out of a starting role.

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