Beau Ritchie Taylor was originally signed by A's scout Trevor Schaffer…graduated from Rockledge (FL) High School…attended the University of Central Florida…batted .337 with 16 home runs and 105 RBI in his college career…was a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America selection.
Spent the season at Triple-A Nashville and batted .248 with three home runs and 39 RBI in 90 games before making his Major League debut as a September call-up…went 1-for-5 (.200) with a double, walk and two strikeouts in seven games with Oakland…did not make a start…appeared in six games at catcher and tossed out 1-of-2 (50.0%) attempted base stealers…also went 1-for-3 with a walk as a pinch hitter…made his debut Sept. 1 against Seattle…entered the game at catcher in the ninth inning but did not bat…struck out as a pinch hitter in first at bat in his next game Sept. 12 at Baltimore…was 0-for-3 in six games before doubling off Odrisamer Despaigne in the top of the fifth inning in the A's final game of the regular season, Sept. 30 at Los Angeles (AL)
NASHVILLE: Walked 50 times with the Sounds for a .360 on-base percentage…had a career-high three triples and matched his best with two stolen bases…ranked ninth in the A's farm system in walks…hit .261 (64-for-245) with all three of his home runs against right-handed pitchers compared to .193 (11-for-57) against left-handers…had a .309 batting average with runners in scoring position…collected all three of his home runs on the road…batted .355 in the eighth inning or later…appeared exclusively at catcher on defense and tossed out 12-of-73 (16.4%) attempted base stealers in 69 games…committed five errors for a .991 fielding percentage…also hit .239 in 20 games as the designated hitter and was 0-for-3 with a walk as a pinch hitter…saw his most action with 36 games batting fifth and 27 in the six spot…was 2-for-12 (.167) over his first five games…then went 18-for-49 (.367) with 11 walks (.483 on-base percentage) over his next 15 games from April 14 to May 7…had a season-high six-game hitting streak from May 1 to 7 (8-for-22, .364) to boost his batting average to .328 and his on-base percentage to .468…then went 7-for-45 (.156) with one double and three RBI over his next 14 games from May 8 to June 3…hit .343 with six RBI over a nine-game stretch from June 5 to 17…went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and a season-high four RBI June 28 at Oklahoma City…the home run was his first of the season and snapped a season-opening 47-game homerless streak…matched his season-high with a six-game hitting streak from July 16-21 (8-for-20, .400)…doubled and walked four times in five plate appearances July 17 against Omaha…had his first of two three-hit games July 20 against Oklahoma City (also July 30 at Salt Lake)…went 8-for-42 (.190) over his final 12 games beginning Aug. 12.
Batted .309 with two home runs and seven RBI in 21 games with Double-A Midland before making his Triple-A debut in late June…hit .289 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 41 games with Nashville and combined for a career-high .298 batting average in 62 games…his .424 slugging percentage matched his career high…batted .325 (53-for-163) against right-handed pitching compared to .191 (9-for-47) against left-handers…hit .365 with a .400 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…had a .407 batting average with runners in scoring position with Nashville but hit .235 in that situation with Midland for a .341 average overall…appeared in 55 games at catcher and committed just one error in 408 chances for a .998 fielding percentage…tossed out 15-of-68 (22.1%) attempted base stealers…also went 6-for-22 (.273) in seven games at designated hitter and was 1-for-2 (.500) with a strikeout as a pinch hitter…hit in every spot in the order except first, second and fourth…saw his most playing time with 23 games batting seventh…returned to Cibao in the Dominican Winter League for the second consecutive season and hit .214 with eight walks (.333 on-base percentage) and five RBI in 14 games.
MINORS: Began the season on the suspended list as he served a 50-game suspension for a violation of the minor league drug testing program…was reinstated May 31 and started the year at Midland…batted .455 in 11 games at home and .171 in 10 games on the road with the RockHounds…went 3-for-4 with his only triple of the season in his first game May 31 against Arkansas…the three hits were a season high (five times)…hit safely in each of his first six games (9-for-20, .450), which was his longest hitting streak of the season…homered and drove in a season-high two runs June 18 at Frisco…it was his first of four two-RBI games…that gave him a streak of three consecutive multiple hit games (6-for-13, .462), which lifted his batting average to .396…then went 2-for-20 (.100) over his final six games with the RockHounds to finish the Double-A portion of his campaign at .309…was transferred to Nashville June 26 and went 3-for-5 with two RBI in his Triple-A debut June 28 against Round Rock…hit safely in eight of his first nine games with the Sounds (12-for-30, .400)…then went 29-for-112 (.259) over his final 32 games… committed his only error of the season July 14 against Omaha…was on the disabled list from Aug. 6 to 12 with a concussion…had his overall batting average at .302 through games of Sept. 2 but he went 1-for-8 over his final two games to finish the year at .298.
Spent the entire season at Double-A Midland and hit .280 with five home runs and 53 RBI in 95 games…added 54 walks for a .383 on-base percentage…was named to the Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star Teams after leading the league in on-base percentage, ranking sixth in walks and seventh in batting…had career highs in at bats (339), runs (50), hits (95), walks and on-base percentage and matched his best in games, doubles (25) and RBI…led the A's farm system in on-base percentage and ranked seventh in batting…hit .318 with a .955 OPS against left-handed pitchers compared to .271 with a .738 OPS against right-handers…had a .307 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .311 with RISP and two outs…batted .341 during the day, .271 at night…hit .407 with a .600 on-base percentage in the third inning… had a .217 batting average when leading off an inning…appeared in 83 games at catcher and made his professional debut with one game at third base…led TL catchers in games played… tossed out 35-of-98 (35.7%) attempted base stealers, which ranked second best in the league… committed seven errors as a catcher for a .989 fielding percentage…hit in every spot in the order except first and fourth and saw his most playing time with 35 games in the three spot…reached base safely in a season-best 15 consecutive games from May 2 to 25…hit .308 with a .439 onbase percentage over that span…started at catcher for the Southern Division in the Texas League All-Star Game on June 28 at Springfield and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout…batted .304 in 18 games in June…had a season-best seven-game hitting streak from July 25 to Aug. 2 (10-for-28, .357)…went 3-for-4 and drove in a season-high four runs Aug. 27 against Frisco to lift his batting average to a season-high .289…batted .324 with a .430 on-base percentage in 19 games in August…went 9-for-30 (.300) with five walks (.432 on-base percentage) and four RBI in eight postseason games to help Midland to its third consecutive Texas League Championship…played for Cibao in the Dominican Winter League following the season and hit .400 (12-for-30) with three doubles, three RBI and three walks in nine games.
Began the season at Single-A Stockton and was batting .214 with four home runs and 28 RBI in 68 games when he was placed on the disabled list July 28 with a strained right groin… was reinstated Aug. 6 and transferred to Double-A Midland where he hit .259 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 16 games…combined to hit .223 in 84 games overall…added 41 walks for a .322 on-base percentage…hit .251 with five of his six home runs against right-handed pitching, .136 against left-handers…batted .194 with the bases empty, .255 with runners on…was 1-for11 (.091) with the bases loaded but the one hit was a grand slam on June 26 at Inland Empire… appeared in 73 games at catcher and committed just two errors for a .997 fielding percentage… tossed out 38-of-81 (46.9%) attempted base stealers…batted in each of the bottom five spots in the order and saw his most action with 37 games batting seventh…hit .115 over his first 18 games with Stockton, .249 over his final 50…made his professional debut as a pitcher with Midland on Aug. 12 against Springfield…entered the game in the top of the 14th inning with the scored tied 3-3 and allowed a run on three hits in one inning pitched…picked up the win when Midland scored two runs in the bottom of the 14th…had his longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in each of his final five regular season games (9-for-19, .474)…then went 4-for12 (.333) with three walks and a RBI in four postseason games for the Texas League Champion RockHounds.
Began the season at Double-A Midland and hit .239 with three home runs and 26 RBI in 63 games before he was sent to Single-A Stockton July 23…hit .333 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 32 games with the Ports and combined for a .273 average…had career highs in games (95), doubles (25), home runs (8), RBI (53), slugging percentage (.424) and strikeouts (94)…hit .276 against right-handed pitchers compared to .255 against left-handers…batted .333 with runners in scoring position, including .389 with Stockton…appeared in 86 games at catcher and one in right field…tossed out 29-of-102 (28.4%) attempted base stealers…hit .333 in June…reached base safely in 22 consecutive games from July 26 to Aug. 19…batted .384 with a .489 on-base percentage during the streak…went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI Aug. 9 against Modesto…also drove in four runs against the Nuts Aug. 29…was 2-for-5 (.400) with a home run, RBI and two walks in two postseason games for Stockton.
Spent the entire season at Double-A Midland where he batted .191 with three home runs and 32 RBI in 76 games…hit .205 against right-handed pitching compared to .135 against left-handers…had a .273 average with runners in scoring position and two outs…appeared in 68 games at catcher and committed five errors for a .990 fielding percentage…tossed out 24-of-108 (22.2%) attempted base stealers…began the season on the disabled list with a left thumb contusion…was reinstated April 14…had a season-best six-game hitting streak from may 28 to June 7 (9-for-22, .409)…went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and a season-high five RBI June 6 at Corpus Christi…batted .258 in June, which was his only month with an average above .182.
Batted a combined .292 with three home runs and 44 RBI in 88 games with Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland...ranked fourth in the A's farm system in batting...added 39 walks for a .372 on-base percentage, which was sixth best among A's minor leaguers...batted .312 (78-for-250) with all three of his home runs and 39 of his 44 RBI against right-handed pitching compared to .215 (14-for-65) against left-handers...slugged .404 against righties, .292 against lefties...his average improved each month at Stockton as he hit .229 in April, .283 in May, .342 in June and .457 in eight games in July before his promotion to Midland on the 12th...then hit .300 in 15 games in July with the RockHounds for a .365 average in the month overall...batted .159 in August...hit .400 when leading off an inning with Stockton, .130 with Midland...appeared in 61 games catcher and one in left field...tossed out 17-of-71 (23.9%) attempted base stealers...did not commit an error in 26 games behind the plate with Midland...also batted .313 with two of his three home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as the designated hitter...hit in every spot in the order except leadoff and saw his most action with 32 games batting eighth.
Made his professional debut with Short Season Vermont but appeared in just five games before he was promoted to Single-A Burlington June 27...went 2-for-18 (.111) in five games with the Lake Monsters and hit .293 in 43 games with the Bees...batted a combined .272 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 48 games...hit .323 against right-handed pitching compared to .161 against left-handers...his average improved each month as he batted .143 in June, .260 in July and .321 in August...also went 1-for-3 (.333) in September...had a .333 average with runners in scoring position, including .400 with RISP and two outs...appeared in 34 games at catcher and tossed out 17-of-44 (38.6%) attempted base stealers...also hit .250 in 13 games at designated hitter and was 0-for-2 with a walk as a pinch hitter...hit in every spot in the order except third...after hitting .111 in five games with Vermont, he batted .196 over his first 17 games with Burlington...then went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles July 30 at Wisconsin and batted .352 over his final 26 games...hit safely in a season-high five consecutive games from Aug. 4 to 9 (6-for-19, .316) and Aug. 23 to 29 (8-for-22, .364)...went 2-for-7 (.286) with a double and walk in two postseason games for Burlington.