Sep 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (8) turns a double play over Chicago White Sox left fielder Michael Taylor (51) during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
This past weekend, the Chicago White Sox outrighted minor league outfielder Michael Taylor, a player they traded for during the ’14 season.
Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Michael Taylor (23) celebrates after hitting a second inning home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The news was reported on ESPN Chicago by Doug Padilla.
For the ’14 season, most of it for Taylor was spent in the minors, as he played in 11 games for the White Sox at the MLB level as a September call-up.
In 33 plate appearances (28 at-bats), Taylor had seven hits (one double), with three runs and five walks for a .250 batting average.
In his very short stint with the White Sox, Taylor, an outfielder, had a .364 on-base percentage and a .286 slugging percentage.
I guess it is easy to say this project for the ’14 season with Taylor just didn’t work out as he is a minor league free agent. I wish it would have been a win-win for the the White Sox and Taylor, but maybe it will be the best for parties if they move on.
In 123 games in Triple-A this past season, with the Charlotte Knights and the Sacramento River Cats, he collected 120 hits with 191 total bases. Of those hits, he had 32 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs.
Taylor also had 69 RBIs in the minors in ’14.
The White Sox obtained Taylor on June 14, 2014 in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. In that trade, the White Sox traded Jake Sanchez.