The Kansas City Royals are nowhere near competing for the playoffs but that hasn’t stopped MLBbro Michael Taylor from going on a tear recently. He’s batted over .350 this week and had multiple hits in every game since August 28. He’s been in the leadoff spot as well as cleanup, providing the club with whatever has been needed. Although he went hitless in Thursday’s contest, this recent stretch has been nothing short of impressive.
Taylor got out of the box slowly this season, batting only .184 through 17 games in April and March combined. But he heated up over the summer months posting averages of .289, .329, and .284 in May, June, and July respectively. Although he has not performed as well in August, this past week he continued to see the ball well and has 9 hits and 7 RBI this week. Although this will not spark the Royals on a major level and propel them into any contention talks, it does give Taylor momentum heading into next year.
MLBbro Taylor is enjoying a season that has seen him already post the highest WAR of his career, 2.9 so far. He also boasts the lowest strikeout percentage of his career at 24.9%, and the highest walk-rate as well at 8.4%, as of the writing of this article. The Royals chose not to trade Taylor at the deadline, and he went into a slight slump post-deadline. This recent surge should help to boost his status and make his name hot again as he should be seen as a valuable commodity in the MLB offseason. Any team looking for a veteran contact hitter with elite defense (He won the Gold Glove in 2021.) should look no further than center field in Kansas City.