Apr 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of a Chicago White Sox players glove and hat before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox made a quiet, but I believe solid move, in re-signing outfielder Michael Taylor to a minor league contract over the weekend.
Mar 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Michael Taylor (23) hits a two run triple in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
I like this move by the White Sox, for the fact I like having Taylor in the organization, even if it is at the minor league level.
Taylor only played 11 games with the White Sox as a September call-up where he batted .250 with seven hits (one double) and five walks. His on-base percentage for the fourth place White Sox was .364 and he had a slugging percentage of .286.
Sure those aren’t mind blowing stats, and I’m not saying Taylor will ever be the everyday starting right fielder for the White Sox, but maybe he can work his way up to being a bench player on the roster sometime in the future. If not, he’s still a solid player to have in the MiLB system.
In the minors last season (Triple-A) Taylor batted .275 with 120 hits in 123 games. In those games he totaled 11 home runs and 69 RBIs. He walked 62 times, but struck out 100 times.
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Taylor, who was a fifth round pick in 2007, had eight steals in 10 opportunities in ’14. In 37 career games (102 at-bats) in the majors, Taylor has a .167 batting average, with one home run and one RBI coming with the Oakland Athletics. Taylor has 12 career walks in his MLB career. He also has two doubles in the majors and 17 career hits.
With Taylor having the potential to fight for a spot on the White Sox bench for the ’15 season, Taylor will be a player to keep an eye on for spring training just to see if he can overcome the odds and earn an Opening Day roster spot.