How Washington Nationals Prospect Michael Taylor Will Boost The Lineup
Taylor is having a fantastic year in the minors, hitting .313 in double-A and .385 in four games at triple-A. Many say that he is being groomed to take over at center field sometime in the next two to three seasons. It’s unclear how long this stint in the majors will last, but the Nationals can certainly use the spark in the lineup.
Center fielder Denard Span is now the best hitter in the Nationals’ lineup. His fielding was never in question and he has rounded out his play at the plate. Taylor will most likely have to continue to prove himself before he can oust a player like Span, but the Nationals will be able to use him as a short-term flex option until then.
It looks as though Taylor will be filling in for Jayson Werth while he recovers from ongoing ankle and shoulder problems. The Nationals expected Werth to only need one or two games off, but Taylor could fill in in case Werth needs more recovery time.
Taylor is an exciting young player and will bring versatility to the lineup while players like Werth heal. He is reportedly joining the Nationals in Atlanta Sunday evening to face their division rivals. The defensive outfield against the Atlanta Braves could potentially be Bryce Harper, Span and Taylor.
If Taylor produces during these short stints in the majors, the Nationals will continue to use him more and more.