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Team W-L L10 STRK
92-70 7-3 W2
81-81 5-5 L1
78-84 4-6 W1
66-96 6-4 L3
65-97 3-7 L2

2022 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .254 9 43 .670 4

Top Michael Taylor News

  • Twins' Michael Taylor: Traded to Minnesota

    Taylor was traded Wednesday from the Royals to the Twins, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. In return, the Royals will receive left-handed pitching prospect Evan Sisk and right-hander Steven Cruz.

    Taylor has been the subject of trade rumors for most of the winter, and he will stay in the division with the trade. In 124 games last season, the 31-year-old hit nine homers with four steals while slashing .254/.313/.357 for the Royals. Taylor could get a strong amount of playing time with the Twins, but there isn't much fantasy upside in his right-handed bat.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Still not starting

    Taylor isn't in the lineup Wednesday against Cleveland.

    Taylor went 0-for-8 with two runs and two strikeouts over his last two games and will head to the bench for a second consecutive matchup. Drew Waters will take over in center field and bat sixth.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Riding pine

    Taylor is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Guardians.

    Taylor is hitting .147 with three runs and one steal over his last 10 games. Drew Waters will start in center field and bat fifth.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Retreats to bench Saturday

    Taylor isn't starting Saturday against Cleveland.

    Taylor started the last two games and went 2-for-6 with a strikeout. Drew Waters will take his place in center field and bat eighth Saturday.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Steals fourth bag

    Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in a 4-3 extra-inning loss Tuesday in Detroit.

    Taylor reached safely in his first three plate appearances, doubling in the second, walking and scoring in the fourth and stealing second after a single in the sixth. It was his fourth stolen base of the season and third since Aug. 24. Tuesday's performance was his first multi-hit game in his last 13 appearances, ending a 4-for-40 slump.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: On bench Wednesday

    Taylor isn't starting Wednesday against Detroit.

    Taylor is on the bench for the second time in the last three games after he went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, a stolen base and a walk Tuesday. Drew Waters will take over in center field and bat seventh.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Idle Sunday

    Taylor is not in Sunday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Taylor is in a 1-for-22 slump at the plate over his last six games. Drew Waters gets the start in center field, batting ninth.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Out of Thursday's lineup

    Taylor is not in Thursday's lineup against the Twins.

    Taylor is in the midst of a 3-for-31 (.097 AVG) slump over his last nine games. Drew Waters will start in center field and bat ninth in Thursday's series finale.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Takes seat Tuesday

    Taylor isn't starting Tuesday against the Twins, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    Taylor will get a day off after reaching base three times in Sunday's win over the Tigers. Instead, Drew Waters will start in center field and bat eighth.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: On bench Wednesday

    Taylor isn't starting Wednesday against the Guardians.

    Taylor had multi-hit performances in three of the last four games, going 7-for-15 with two doubles, two runs, an RBI and a strikeout across that span. Drew Waters will take his place in center field and bat eighth Wednesday.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Produces three hits

    Taylor went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

    Taylor feasted on Detroit pitching this weekend, going 6-for-13 (.462) with three extra-base hits in the three-game series. Sunday's effort was his fifth-multi game in his last seven. The 31-year-old outfielder continues to hold down the starting job in center field. He's up to a .271/.332/.390 slash line with nine home runs, 40 RBI, 44 runs scored and three stolen bases through 387 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Keeps up power surge

    Taylor went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Tigers.

    Taylor's sixth-inning blast tied the game at 4-4, and it was his third homer in his last five contests. Taylor's gone 8-for-22 (.364) with a triple, nine RBI and five runs scored in that span as he manages to hold onto a regular role in center field despite the Royals being in full-on evaluation mode for their major-league-ready prospects. For the season, the veteran outfielder is slashing a respectable .263/.326/.380 with nine long balls, 40 RBI, 42 runs scored and three steals through 103 games.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Homers in second straight game

    Taylor went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk for a total of three RBI and two runs scored in a 9-7 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Taylor went deep in his second straight game played as part of an excellent performance in which he reached base three times and racked up three RBI. Taylor has a career-best 2.9 WAR per Baseball Reference this year and appears to be seeing the ball well at the moment. He has five hits in his past 10 at-bats and is hitting .264 on the season.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Homers in three-hit game

    Taylor went 3-for-6 with a solo home run for a total of four RBI in a 15-7 win over the Padres on Sunday.

    Taylor had been in the midst of a terrible August slump coming into the game. Perhaps the three-hit performance will jolt him out of the cold stretch which saw him slashing .190/.238/.203 in 79 at-bats before rapping out these three hits. The home run was his seventh of the season and his four-RBI day at the plate gives him 35 total in 2022.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: On bench Saturday

    Taylor isn't starting Saturday against San Diego, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.

    Taylor started the last four games and went just 1-for-14 with two runs, an RBI, a stolen base, two walks and four strikeouts. He'll get a breather while Drew Waters starts in center field and bats eighth.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Produces second steal

    Taylor went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Taylor has had a poor August, hitting just .203 (15-for-74) with one steal, three RBI, five runs scored and a double in 23 contests. The outfielder is down to a .260/.327/.352 slash line with six home runs, two steals, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored through 97 contests. The 31-year-old is one of few veterans on a Royals team fully in evaluation mode, so it's possible he could be rested regularly down the stretch to test the readiness of players like Drew Waters and Kyle Isbel in center field.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Won't start Sunday

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.

    Kyle Isbel will enter the lineup in center field in place of Taylor, whose five-game starting streak comes to an end. Since the All-Star break, Taylor is slashing .271/.300/.313 with one home run, nine runs and six RBI in 29 games.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Gets breather Monday

    Taylor will sit Monday versus the Twins.

    Taylor will get a breather after he went 3-for-10 with a double, an RBI and a run scored over the three-game series with the Dodgers. Kyle Isbel will take over in center field and bat eighth against Minnesota.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Riding pine Wednesday

    Taylor isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Taylor is resting after he went 3-for-14 with two runs, a walk and three strikeouts over the last four games. Kyle Isbel will shift to center field while Michael Massey enters the lineup at second base.

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  • Royals' Michael Taylor: Out of Friday's lineup

    Taylor is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus Boston, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Taylor started the past six games and will head to the bench after going 6-for-22 with two walks and two runs during that span. MJ Melendez, Kyle Isbel and Nate Eaton will start from left to right in the outfield.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Lake Forest, IL
Age: 31
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: R, R