Michael Robert Tauchman … married to Eileen, they reside in Chicago, Ill. in the offseason ... Son of Bob and Cindy … has a younger sister, Julia ... He and his wife rescued a four-and-a-half-year-old Husky mix, named Koda, while in Albuquerque during the 2017 season ... In his free time, enjoys reading, going to the movies and bowling ... Attended William Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill., where he played football and baseball … named all-conference in baseball three times, including the Conference Player of the Year as a senior ... Played collegiately at Bradley University, where he majored in business management and administration.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and appeared in 21 games with the Rockies across two stints ... Appeared in 15 games in his first stint to open the season, going 1-for-23 with three walks, 11 strikeouts and one stolen base … his lone hit came as a pinch-hitter April 15 at Washington ... Optioned to Triple-A April 22 before being recalled on June 5 … optioned for the last time on June 12 ... Appeared in six games in his second stint, going 2-for-9 with three runs, one double and one walk … went 2-for-5 with two runs and one double, June 9 at Cincinnati ... Named a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star with Triple-A Albuquerque … in 112 games, batted .323 (130-for-403) with 26 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs, 81 RBI, 60 walks, 70 strikeouts and 12 stolen bases.
Made his Major League debut on June 27 at San Francisco and appeared in 31 games across three stints in his first Major League season ... Had his contract selected from Triple-A on June 27 and made his Major League debut that night at San Francisco, going 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance ... Recorded his first Major League hit and first RBI in his first career start, June 28 at San Francisco, an RBI single off left-handed pitcher Ty Blach ... Recorded his first Major League stolen base Sept. 19 at San Francisco … used as a pinch-runner six times ... Named a Post-Season All-Star in the Pacific Coast League, where he finished third in the league in batting average (.331) … in 110 games with Albuquerque, established career highs in batting average, runs scored (82), doubles (30), triples (eight), home runs (16) and RBI (80).
Spent the entire season with Triple-A Albuquerque following his first Major League Spring Training invite ... Was assigned to Albuquerque on April 3, and spent the entire season with the Isotopes, batting .286 (136-for475) with 72 runs, 24 doubles, seven triples, one home run, 51 RBI, 40 walks and 23 stolen bases ... Played 20 games for the Rockies in the Cactus League, batting .154 (4-for-26) with one triple, three RBI, four walks and one stolen base ... Played for Aguilas del Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League, batting .269 (32-for-119) with 21 runs, four doubles, one home run, nine RBI, 11 walks and five stolen bases in 31 games.
Split time across all three outfield positions with Double-A New Britain, playing in 131 of 140 games ... Set career highs in hits (149), stolen bases (25) and walks (47) ... Placed fourth in the Eastern League in hits, tied for fourth in triples, and placed eighth in total bases (193) and batting average (.294) ... Was named an Eastern League Post-Season All-Star after batting .314 (59-for-188) in the second half.
Played in seven games for Short-Season Tri-City before being promoted to High-A Modesto to finish the season ... His .294 batting average (58-for-197) and .386 on-base percentage were second-best on Modesto, trailing shortstop Trevor Story ... Hit four home runs at Modesto after not hitting any for Tri-City in 2013 or 2014.
Started in 55 games in the outfield for Short-Season Tri-City in his first professional season ... Was named a Northwest League Mid-Season All-Star … finished the season batting .297 (70-for-236) with 13 doubles, three triples, 23 RBI and 20 stolen bases … 20 stolen bases were tied for third in the league ... Northwest League Player of the Week on Aug. 5.