The Washington Nationals called up outfield prospect Michael Taylor this past week to fill in for fellow National Jayson Werth while he recovers from lingering injuries. Werth could return as early as Friday, Aug. 15, as manager Matt Williams reported that Werth might come off the bench Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates if he feels well enough.
While filling in for Werth in the last three games, Taylor showed promise. This is just a taste of the majors for Taylor, but he has proven that he can play in MLB. In his first major league game, Taylor recorded two hits, one of which was a home run, one RBI and one run. He hasn’t gotten a hit in his last two games, but he has gotten on base.
Through his three-game stint thus far, Taylor has an on-base-percentage of .333 and an even stronger OPS of .833. He walked twice in the Nationals’ final game with the New York Mets.
Taylor might not have a spot in the lineup when all Nationals outfielders are healthy, but he has given the team hope for the future. He is hitting over .300 in both double and triple-A this season and proved that he can come to the majors and compete. The Nationals can rest assured that they were right about Taylor when they drafted him in 2009. Look for him to make waves with the team down the line.