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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). 

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A Look at the Nats' Minor League Disappointments

The year 2012 has been pretty awesome for the Washington Nationals at the major league level, but there were quite a few disappointments amongst their good prospects. Due to the trading of four top-15 prospects in the Gio Gonzalez deal and having Bryce Harper, Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore graduate to the big leagues, the Nats’ top prospect list looks much weaker than it did in December.

Some players who I expected to fall into the places left by Harper, AJ Cole, Brad Peacock, etc. looked good this year; we’ll take a look at guys like Brian Goodwin and Alex Meyer in a few weeks. On the other hand, many other prospects that we’ll look at today underwhelmed in 2012 and will need to work hard this winter to bounce back in 2013. There are two categories that the disappointments fall into: injuries or poor performance. The prospects with the highest ceilings were generally the ones that had injury issues this year while the borderline guys fell into the wrong side of the border with poor performance.
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