Strikeouts have been the story for Michael 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.
Taylor (personal) returned to Nationals camp Thursday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Taylor has been away from the team since Saturday while attending to a family matter, but now appears to be back in line for a regular spring routine. He had been hot prior to taking leave, going 16-for-36 at the plate with two home runs and six steals in exhibition play. Taylor will look to limit his strikeouts and stay aggressive on the basepaths in 2017, where he's likely headed for a role as the team's fourth outfielder.
Taylor (personal) remains away from the team, MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Taylor is dealing with a serious family matter and was told to take as much time as he needs. The 25-year-old outfielder has already been away from the team since Saturday, and it doesn't sound as if a return is imminent. Taylor seems to have a secure grasp on the fourth outfielder job.
Taylor left camp Saturday to attend to a family matter in Ft. Lauderdale, The Washington Post reports. He originally wasn't scheduled to be in Saturday's lineup, but Jayson Werth was a late scratch with a sore knee to open up a spot. Taylor's personal matter forced him to cede the start in center field to Brian Goodwin, however. Taylor isn't expected to be away from camp long and is still on track to open the season as the Nats' fourth outfielder.
Taylor went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. He's up to six steals on the spring to go along with two home runs and a nifty .444 (16-for-36) batting average. Taylor will be the Nats' fourth outfielder to begin the season, limiting his fantasy appeal to deeper NL-only formats, but an injury ahead of him on the depth chart would make the 25-year-old a priority target in almost any league due to his power/speed potential.
Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and his fourth stolen base of the spring in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. He's now hitting .423 with a 1.154 OPS through 26 at-bats, showing power (two home runs) to go along with his speed, but before you get too excited, Taylor is also still looking for his first walk of the spring. Plate discipline has been a big issue for the 25-year-old in his brief major league career, and until he solves it, he'll be a batting average risk.