When Shawn Carter said, “They pray and pray on my downfall, but every time I hit the ground, I bounce up like round ball,” he was referencing Tyrone Taylor’s baseball career as it ricochets continuously from the show to the minors and vice versa.
Brewers placed Tyrone Taylor (right shoulder strain) on 10-day injured list. It's retroactive to yesterday.
Utility player Tim Lopes is up from Triple-A Nashville.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) June 12, 2021
During his rehab assignment for the Nashville Sound, the Triple-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers, Taylor received Triple-A East Player of the Week, making him the first Sounds player to don the award.
BIG FLY! Hello, Tyrone Taylor. An oppo shot to right-center for a homer in his first game down from The Crew. We're up 3-0 in the 6th in Columbus.
— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) May 28, 2021
Homering in three out of his first four games, Taylor averaged .533 with eight RBI, seven runs, four bases on balls, and two doubles, while assisting the Sounds to the best record in the minors at 18-5 as they rode a 12-game hitting streak.
Congratulations to Sounds outfielder @tyrone_taylor15 who has been named Triple-A East Player of the Week! Taylor hit .533 (8-for-15) with 7 runs, 5 XBH and 8 RBI, and has helped Nashville to a Minor League-best 12-game winning streak.
— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) May 31, 2021
The 27-year-old outfielder recently made his return from the Injury List after he suffered some right shoulder complications. Before the diagnosis, in 88 plate appearances, Taylor impressed the Brewers while displaying some pop in his bat as he launched six home runs in limited game action.
Taylor made himself indispensable to the Brew Crew as he replaced fellow outfielders and MLBbros, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the often-injured Lorenzo Cain, during stints of the 2021 season as he showed range and versatility by playing all three outfield positions.
When asked about his development in the field of play and at the plate, Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Tyrone has played well this year. He’s played in a way that he is kind of past some of these guys, and he deserves to be here. He has made an impact on this team, and he will continue to make an impact going forward.”
Counsell added, “Tyrone is a good player, and his development this year is clear. He has taken a big step forward, and he is ready for the big leagues. He is ready to be a significant contributor as we’ve seen it, and he has been consistent with it.”
Over the holiday weekend, Taylor came up clutch with a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning to help the Brewers take a 5-1 lead vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He later made an extra-base saving web gem to end the eighth, drew a walk in the top of the ninth, stole third, and later scored a much-needed insurance run for a 7-2 victory. It was the Brewers’ 10th win in a row.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 3, 2021
Although injuries are a part of the game, Taylor said, “I’m thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had this season.” He added, “It’s been a fun ride with these guys and this coaching staff, and hopefully, we keep it going here.”
— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) July 3, 2021
Since his return from Triple-A Nashville, Taylor is batting .236 with 21 RBI and six home runs as the Brewers are winners of 11 out of their last 12.
With Cain on the shelf until after the Midsummer Classic, Taylor, thanks to his uncanny abilities at the plate as he bats with power and exert speed, and plays all three outfield positions, he and the Brewers should have a long-lasting relationship moving forward.