Twins Trade for Gold Glove Center Fielder, Michael A. Taylor

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The Minnesota Twins have made another offseason move, this time trading away two minor league pitchers for 31-year-old center fielder, Michael A. Taylor, who won a gold glove for the Kansas City Royals in 2021.

Who is Michael A. Taylor?

A below average hitter (.241 BA, .677 OPS) who clearly has a lot of upside on defense, Taylor is the perfect backup center fielder for an oft-injured Byron Buxton, especially when you factor in the games Buxton will play at DH next season.

Taylor has played in over 800 MLB games and sat in the batter’s box for over 2,700 plate appearances. He played most of his career with the Washington Nationals but got a lot more playing time in his two seasons with the Royals.

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
201423WSNNL17433958301502317.205.279.359.6387514110008/H9
201524WSNNL13851147249108152146316335158.229.282.358.6407316951129*87H/9
201625WSNNL7623722128511107161431477.231.278.376.6547183210108H/97
201726WSNNL11843239955108233195317729137.271.320.486.80610419431123*8/H9
201827WSNNL134385353468022362824629116.227.287.357.6446912691202*8H/3D
201928WSNNL5397881022701360734.250.305.364.6697332002008H/9
202029WSNNL38999211186051600627.196.253.424.676793921000789/HD
202130KCRAL14252848358118161125414733144.244.297.356.6537717295250*8/HDGG
202231KCRAL124456414491051039434235109.254.313.357.6709014862230*8/HD1
9 Yrs8402788256131161811312742819530191819.241.296.381.677819773713101314
162 Game Avg.16253849460119222145418637158.241.296.381.6778118873233
WSN (7 yrs)57418041664204395878531847721123566.237.291.395.686806572266514
KCR (2 yrs)266984897107223264219718968253.249.304.357.66183320157480
NL (7 yrs)57418041664204395878531847721123566.237.291.395.686806572266514
AL (2 yrs)266984897107223264219718968253.249.304.357.66183320157480
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/23/2023.

Taylor adds to an already impressive defensive outfield and simultaneously makes Max Kepler’s status in right field even more questionable. Falvey turned down an offer from the Royals last week that would have sent starting pitcher, Josh Winder, to Kansas City.

Dealing Evan Fisk and Steven Cruz is much preferable to that.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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