At the close of the 2015 season, there were a fair number of reasons for Michael A. Taylor fans to look to 2016 as a potential breakthrough year for the young outfielder.
On the one hand, things seem destined to get better for Taylor, whose rookie batting numbers simply don’t match the potential others have reportedly seen in him. The soon-to-be-25-year-old center fielder posted solidly mediocre offensive numbers - .229/.282/.358, with 108 hits in 511 plate appearances. More discouraging than his 35 walks were the whopping 158 strikeouts he managed.
On the other hand, what Taylor lacked at the plate, he arguably more than made up for with his glove. From the batter’s box, Taylor’s struggles amounted to a double-digit net loss of runs compared to the average Major League batter. But, according to Fangraphs, Taylor offset this by saving +14 runs more than the average defensive player in the league, per Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR).Read More