Michael Anthony Taylor...Is a 2009 graduate of Westminister (FL) Academy where he played with former National Matt den Dekker.
Stepped in for an injured Adam Eaton and went on to set career marks in several offensive categories...From April 29 (the day he took over for an injured Eaton) through the end of the season, hit .280 with 23 doubles, three triples, 19 homers, 52 RBI, 28 walks, 17 stolen bases and 54 runs scored in 105 games...Recorded career marks in doubles, triples, homers, stolen bases and runs scored...Posted a career-high 30 multi-hit games along the way...Finished the season strong, hitting .321 (25-for-78) with a .615 slugging percentage (2 3B, 3B, 6 HR) in his last 22 games...Was tied for second among National League center fielders with eight outfield assists in just 111 games...Eight assists were a career high...Recorded the first inside-the-park grand slam in Nationals history on Sept. 8 vs. PHI (Thompson)...That came as a part of a career-high five-RBI effort...15 of his 19 home runs came off right-handed pitchers...Shined in the Postseason, hitting safely in four of the five NLDS games...Homered in Game 4, a grand slam off Wade Davis and in Game 5, a three run shot off Kyle Hendricks...His grand slam in Game 4 was the first Postseason grand slam in franchise history.
Made Washington's Opening Day roster for the second straight season...Enjoyed three separate stints with the Nationals in 2016...Clubbed a team-high three leadoff home runs for the Nationals (4/15 at PHI off J. Hellickson, 4/29 at STL off M. Leake, 6/19 at SDP off D. Pomeranz)...Recorded his first career multi-home run game, June 19 at SDP (4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB)...Hit safely in 18 straight starts from May 3 to June 20 (.329, 8 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 6 SB, 13 R)...Hit .205 with five doubles, a triple, a home run, nine RBI, 12 walks, seven stolen bases and 17 runs scored in 31 games for Triple-A Syracuse...Appeared in the Postseason for the first time.
Entered 2015 rated as one of Washington's top prospects...Was thrust into everyday duty due to a rash of injuries to Washington's outfield...Ranked among NL rookies in stolen bases (T1st, 16), outfield assists (T1st, 6), RBI (4th, 63), home runs (T7th, 14), walks (7th, 35) and hits (8th, 108)...Clubbed two of Washingtons eight leadoff home runs (4/10 at PHI off J. Williams and 7/4 vs. SFG off M. Bumgarner)...Clubbed 10th-inning, pinch-hit, walk-off three-run HR, Sept. 4 vs. Atlanta...Was the first pinch-hit, walk-off home run in Nationals history (2005-present)...Ten of his 14 home runs either tied the game or gave the Nationals the lead...Led the Nationals and ranked 15th in the National League with a .317 average w/RISP...Hit go-ahead grand slam in ninth inning of May 13 comeback 9-6 win at Arizona after entering in the seventh inning in place of Bryce Harper (ejected)...Homered in three straight games, August 20-22 (4-for-14, 3 HR, 5 RBI, BB, 4 R)...Hit 10 of his 14 home runs off right-handed pitchers.
Began the season with Double-A Harrisburg before being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 2 and eventually was summoned to D.C. on Aug. 12 for his big league debut...Posted first hit (2nd-inn. single off R.Montero) and home run (6th inn. 2-run off C. Torres) in MLB debut, Aug. 12 at New York Mets... At top two levels/110 games in Washington's chain, ranked among system leaders in batting (4th, .304), home runs (2nd, 23) & stolen bases (3rd, 37)... Hit .313 with 22 HR, 61 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 98 games and finished second in balloting for Double-A Eastern League MVP...Following the season, was ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Eastern League...Was selected to play in the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures game in Minneapolis...Garnered several honors throughout the season: MiLB.com Organization All-Star, Baseball America Minor League All-Star, Eastern League Rookie of the Year, and Eastern League mid-season and post-season All-Star.
Washington's Opening Day starter for a 2nd straight year reached the 30-start threshold for the first time...recorded 500th career strikeout (Christian Yelich) in 426.1 career innings, Sept. vs MIA (night)...reached 500-K plateau in 3rd-fewest innings in MLB history (only Kerry Wood-404.1 and Mark Prior-421.2 required fewer innings)...earned just 8 wins due in part to DL stint (missed 2 starts), lack of run support (one or less run while in the game 10 times) and 10 unearned runs (tied for 4th-most in NL)...ranked among NL leaders in home ERA (3rd, 1.73), K/9 (4th, 9.4), batting average against (4th, .207), opponents OPS (5th, .588), WHIP (6th, 1.05) and ERA (8th, 3.00)...endured one DL stint (right lat, missed 12 games/2 starts, June 1-15).