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Washington Nationals Prospect Michael Taylor Getting Big League Attention

Washington Nationals Michael Taylor

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The Washington Nationals drafted Michael Taylor in the 6th round of the 2009 draft. He is currently an outfielder for the Harrisburg Senators in double-A, but the Nationals have him in mind for the future. He leads the Senators in almost every batting category hitting .339 with 86 H, 17 HRs, 52 RBIs, 17 SB, 33 BB and has on on-base percentage of .419.

The prospect is rated as a top defensive outfielder, playing most of his time in center. Nationals manager Matt Williams and GM Mike Rizzo see big league potential in the 23-year-old outfielder and want him to prove that he can hit for power regularly. If Taylor can live up to the hype, he will be on the fast track to the majors.

With Bryce Harper back in left soon, the Nationals’ big league outfield is set for now, but Taylor could earn himself a spot at center in the next year or two. Denard Span is playing center for the Nationals and has been hitting well in the months of May and June. Williams and the coaching staff see him as a strong leadoff man but recognize his inconsistencies. Span had a slow start to the season and his ability to get on base consistently remains in question.

Taylor could be the future center fielder for the Nationals.

He has speed, can steal bases, is a top defender and has shown an ability to hit for power. The Nationals want him to continue proving himself in the farm system but are keeping a keen eye on the prospect.

Along with his productive season in Harrisburg, Taylor also hit .365 with an on-base percentage of .428 in a Puerto Rican winter league. He is doing everything right at this point in the game.

Harry Floyd is a Washington Nationals/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @floydhe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.