Kansas City Royals ourfielder Michael Taylor went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and a home run off fellow MLBbro Taylor Hearn on Opening Day. Taylor hit .244 this season with 12 homers, 54 RBI and won the American League Gold Glove for a struggling Royals squad. Taylor was one of two MLBbros to win an AL Gold Glove alogn with Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien.
If he keeps playing like he’s been recently, the Royals will have no choice but to keep the veteran around.
On June 29,Taylor had one of his best games of the 2021 season. He went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run against the Boston Red Sox.
That game, Taylor saw the ball really well.
“I think we’re having quality at-bats as a team and grinding counts and putting the ball in play,” Taylor told The Kansas City Star after his three-hit performance against Boston. “Those are all things that we need to do to have competitive at-bats and put runs on the board.”
Royals manager Mike Matheny has been pleased with Taylor’s performance.
“It just continues to amaze me, the skill this guy has, the talent to be able to leave this park in that part of the park is very rare,” Matheny said about Taylor.
Taylor knows what it takes to play and win at a high level. He was a member of the Nationals team that won the World Series in 2019.
It’s important to have a player on your team who has won at the highest level. Though Taylor may not be one of the top players in the league, he has the skills to pay the ball
And one thing he won’t do is shy away from the big moment. Whether he’s at the plate in the field, Taylor can come through in clutch situations.
He put together another multi-hit performance in his recent game on July 8 against the Cleveland Indians. Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
As the summer continues, Taylor’s bat is heating up. Through 78 games, he is batting .247 with eight home runs, seven doubles, and 32 RBI.
This season, Taylor has displayed some power at the plate too. He’s already hit more home runs this season than the 2020, 2019, and 2018 seasons.
His 32 RBI are more than his last two seasons combined.
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are the keys to the Yankees entertaining any playoff hopes.
After losing 13 of their previous 18 games, the Yankees are 7-2 in their last 9, and have won three consecutive series; knocking off Toronto, Oakland, and with their 8-1 win on Thursday, the Kansas City Royals.
For New York, it’s the team’s most successful run since the Yankees won seven straight series from April 30 through May 23, going 17-5. At that point, New York was 11 games over .500 and just a half-game out of first place in the American League East.
This most recent stretch of success has brought the Yankees into a range of the leaders in the race for both the division and the Wild Card; trailing Boston by four and fellow division rival Tampa Bay by 3.5 games respectively.
Steering the Yankees back into the right direction has been the team’s towering titans. Over this nine-game run, they’ve hit a combined .292, with two home runs, eight RBI, nine runs scored, and sixteen walks.
They’ve been even better over their last six games.
Both bashers are hitting .333, with Judge leading the team in hits (8) and runs scored (6), and Stanton setting the pace with eight walks. Stanton’s 28 walks this season are more than his total of 27 over the past two seasons.
What’s been even more important is that they’ve been able to be productive without generating a lot of power.
The duo has combined for only two home runs and two doubles during these nine games, and yet they’ve still managed to account for nearly 20 percent of the Yankees’ runs and RBI.
Thursday, Judge went 3-3, scoring three runs, with two RBI, two walks, and he hit his 16th homer of the season. It was his first three-hit game since May 1. New York improved to 10-3 when he goes yard. It’s been documented just how important his power is to the Yankees offense, and if it’s returning, that’s a fantastic sign for his team.
Aaron Judge breaks out of a little slump to put the Yankees ahead 1-0 in the first inning with a home run! pic.twitter.com/lCSJYKBwyH
“[I’m] feeling good,” Judge said to reporters after the game. “Making a couple of adjustments to get my body in a better position to swing. I’ve kind of been feeling like I’ve been swinging underwater. But I was seeing the ball well.”
When Judge is seeing the ball well, it’s usually flying off of his bat. That was the case against KC. His RBI single in the second inning was moving at a cool 109.3 miles per hour.
Stanton was 3-5, and his single in the eighth inning drove in Judge, helping him stay one behind number 99 for the team’s RBI lead.
Once a party starter for the Royals, Dyson has been a valuable asset off the bench this season. The 36-year-old still can be productive on the field and at the plate and the Royals have certainly seen that this season.
One thing about Dyson is that whether he’s coming off the bench or starting, he will leave it all out on the field.
This season Dyson has appeared in 34 games and is batting .277 with 13 hits and seven runs scored. He’s not a power hitter, but he knows how to get on base and make things happen.
He also etched himself in the Royals record books. On May 20, 2021, he stole his 179th base as a Royal which put him past Frank White for fifth all-time.
Dyson may not play in as many games as he did earlier in his career but when his number is called, he makes sure he’s ready.
He had a really good ending to May, going 2-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins.
In a recent game, on June 12, he had a solid performance at the plate going 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base against the Oakland Athletics.
Dyson has been around the game for a while as he’s currently in his 12th year. He’s in his second stint with the Royals and can provide a lot of knowledge and experience to the younger players.
Dyson won his first and only World Series title with the Royals back in 2015. He played an important role on that team and he’s still playing an important role now.
With an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Dyson could see a lot more action on the field going forward.
Dyson has played with five different teams while spending most of his career with the Royals.
During the 2016 season, he had one of his best seasons statistically. He finished the season with a .278 batting average with 83 hits, 25 RBI, and 30 stolen bases.
This brother has put up impressive numbers numerous times throughout his career and even though he’s in his mid-30s, any team would benefit from having him in the lineup. He’s that teammate you would love to play with. The energy he displays is contagious, and he impacts whether he’s in the lineup or on the bench.
As the season progresses, look for the Royals to find more ways to utilize Dyson more.
At the end of the day, the MLBbro vet still has game.
Not only was he on fire at the plate in his Royals’ debut, but he got it done in the field as well. He threw out a runner at the plate to show that he can do it all.
That’s how you make an introduction to your new team right there.
The 2020 shortened season was not a pleasant one for Taylor as he finished with a .196 batting average in 38 games with the Washington Nationals.
So Taylor was on a mission when the 2021 season started. Not only did he want to have a better start than the previous year, but he was on a new team and wanted to show that he can make an impact on the Royals.
After that hot start to the season, Taylor cooled off at the plate. There was a period in April where he was hitless in four straight games, but quickly turned that around and went on a six-game hitting streak.
One thing Taylor knows how to do is put the bat on the ball and he can run too. Through 44 games, Taylor has four stolen bases and is Top 50 in the league in that category.
His style of play fits the Royals well. He’s a threat on the bases, can man the outfield and chase balls down, and he can hit, too.
Now the Royals are one of the top teams in the league when it comes to stealing bases. According to ESPN, through 48 games, the team has a total of 36 stolen bases, which is second in the league.
This team likes to run and Taylor fits right in. The most stolen bases Taylor had in a season were 24 and that came in 2018 during his tenure with the Nationals, which ended with Taylor being a huge contributor to a WS championship.
From 2015 to 2018, Taylor stole more than 13 bases each season. He started his career with the Nationals, who drafted him in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB draft.
Taylor actually started his career off as a middle infielder, but an injury transitioned him to the outfield, where he would make his new primary position.
After the end of the 2013 season, Taylor was added to the Nationals’ 40-man roster. At that time, he was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the Nationals’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He went on to make his MLB debut during the 2014 season.
His best season statistically came in 2017 when he hit .271 with 19 home runs and had a .486 slugging percentage.
Two seasons later, Taylor was a part of the Nationals when they won their first World Series title in franchise history.
Taylor is a winner and he’s looking to bring that winning mentality back to Kansas City, a team that won the World Series in 2015.
Lately, Taylor has seemed confident at the plate. From May 16 to May 22, he went on a five-game hitting streak. Currently, he’s hitting .263 with two home runs in his last seven games.
Taylor’s abilities can certainly help the Royals make a push for the postseason playing in the AL Central. He has a lot of experience and knows what it takes to win. So make sure you keep a close eye on Taylor this season.