The 2012 second-round pick fared well in Cactus League play this spring, going 9-for-29 at the dish with a home run, stolen base and 1:4 BB:K. Taylor will open the season at Triple-A San Antonio and should rank near the top of the list for a promotion to the big club if an extra outfielder is needed at some point.
Taylor hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's spring game against the Giants.
Taylor has seen extended action this spring, receiving 29 at-bats over 14 games, and he has hit the ball well, posting a .310/.333/.517 slash line with four extra-base hits -- Tuesday's homer and three doubles -- while striking out just four times. Taylor figures to open the season in the minors, but after being added to the 40-man roster during the offseason, he should have a chance to make his big-league debut at some point in 2019.
Taylor was added to the 40-man roster in order to protect the soon-to-be 25-year-old from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. A second-round pick in 2012, Taylor hit .278/.321/.504 with 20 homers and 13 stolen bases for Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2018.
Taylor hit .278/.321/.504 with 20 home runs, 80 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 119 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.
Once considered one of the Brewers' top prospects, Taylor endured a few trying seasons once reaching the Double-A level late in 2014, but he took full advantage of the hitter-friendly PCL in 2018 and finished with the best power numbers of his career. Taylor will turn 25 in January, so he's not going to jump back onto prospect lists during the offseason. However, he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the first time, and there's a chance he could get a look from another squad if left unprotected by the Brewers.
Taylor is 13-for-38 (.342) with two home runs, seven RBI, three steals and a 3:5 BB:K through 11 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Taylor had a few rough years after jumping onto the prospect scene after a fine 2014 season, culminating in an injury-riddled 2017 that saw him play just 32 minor-league games. The Brewers still decided to advance him to the Triple-A level for the first time, though, and he has taken full advantage of the hitter-friendly conditions in the PCL. At 24 years old Taylor is unlikely to find himself back on prospect lists anytime soon, but he is doing his best to show he is still worthy of consideration for a spot on a major-league roster.
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