Michael A. Taylor Is Hitting .429 and Locked In On A Career Season

Michael A. Taylor Is Hitting .429 and Locked In On A Career Season


Michael A. Taylor is off to the best start of his career in his first season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 2021 Gold Glove Award winner is top three in the league with a .429 batting average through eight games with six RBI.

Throughout his career, Taylor has been known as a defensive specialist and one of the top defenders in the league.

The 33-year-old is showing everyone that there’s more to his game than his defensive skill set.

Last season, he set a career-high in home runs with 21, as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

Michael A. Taylor Has Tied A Career-High In Homers This Season For Minnesota Twins

Fans in Pittsburgh are loving what they are seeing from Taylor and he’s been fitting into the lineup quite well.

The Pirates have also started the season off strong and have one of the best records in all of baseball (8-2). The latest win came in dramatic fashion (3-2) on Sunday against the surging Orioles.

And Taylor has been a huge contributor and will look to contribute throughout the remainder of the season.

Taylor’s hot bat is a plus for Pittsburgh

Taylor started the season on a seven-game hit streak and had a superb series against his former team, the Washington Nationals.

During the three-game series, he went 7-for-12 with three RBI and scored three runs. When he returned to the nation’s capital, he enjoyed the reaction he received from National fans.

“That was awesome. That was really awesome,” Taylor said in an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Probably one of the better moments I’ve had on a baseball field. To be able to come back here and get that kind of welcome was special. I really appreciated it.”

“I know what this place meant to me,” he said. “I had a lot of good times, and whether I got an ovation or anything like that, my time here was still very good.”

Taylor has wasted no time establishing himself at the plate this season. For his career, he’s currently hitting .240 and has only had two seasons where he hit over .250, which came in 2017 (.271) and 2022 (.254).

This could be Taylor’s first season where he hits .300 or better if he continues to have the success he’s had at the plate.

Playing a key role for the Pirates

Pittsburgh has been one of the hottest teams in the league so far and have been fun to watch. This could be the year where they make a potential playoff appearance since their last in 2015.

And Taylor, who has postseason experience, can certainly make a significant impact on this team, whether it’s in the field or at the plate.

The 2019 World Series champion talked about the makeup of this Pirates team and how it’s been playing with them.

“We have a very dynamic team,” Taylor said. “There’s a lot of ways we can score runs, and that’s keeping us in a lot of ball games. We’re just able to take what they give us.”

“I feel like we’re doing a great job with coming in with a game plan, and everyone’s committed to it and sticking to it,” he said. “That’s contagious. We’ve got a good thing going right now, and we’re looking forward to keeping it going.”

The Pirates will be a team to watch throughout the season and we will get to see if Taylor can continue his success at the plate.


MLBbro Trio Pushes The Pitt Back To The Top With 5-0 Start | Cutch, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Michael A. Taylor Balling

MLBbro Trio Pushes The Pitt Back To The Top With 5-0 Start | Cutch, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Michael A. Taylor Balling

With the MLB season in its infancy stages, one of the more surprising stories is the white-hot start of the Pittsburgh Pirates.


After a dominant Monday performance dismissing the Washington Nationals 8-4, the Pirates have raced off to a 5-0 record leading before running it back on Wednesday against the Nats. All of a sudden, a team that finished fourth in the NL Central with a 76-86 record without a winning record since 2018 is an offensive juggernaut these days.


Pittsburgh’s offense is on a historical, albeit short, run. The Pirates have tallied at least six runs in each of their victories for the first time in more than a century, something Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton loves…


“There’s significance to getting off to a good start,” Shelton said Monday night after the Pirates beat the Nats to follow up a four-game sweep at the Miami Marlins. “You come out of spring training and all the things you talk about that you kind of want to implement – and we’ve talked a lot about our intent should be and how it should be – and we’ve kind of executed that in the first five games.”


Teams don’t dominate offensively to the tune of 39-21 without input throughout the lineup. MLBbro.com has eyes on the collection of talent from the “MLBbro Amigo” trio consisting of Ke’Bryan Hayes, Andrew McCutchen, and Michael A. Taylor.


These three MLBbros have made their presence felt through the first week but Monday’s win featured two of the three…


  • Michael A. Taylor led the offensive brigade with three hits.

  • Andrew McCutchen followed suit strongly with two hits as well.  


Another sweep on the road could possibly have the Pittsburgh Pirates become the talk of the Majors, shocking the baseball world with a long winning streak. But to do that, the contributions of the MLBbros will get them there.


Ke’Bryan Hayes: 


For years, Ke’Bryan Hayes has been known for snagging balls in the field with swagger and excellence. Now it seems he has brought his baseball bat to the party. After struggling with injuries, Hayes started to find his eye at the plate.


Our MLBbro is coming off a career campaign at the plate with career highs in hits (134), doubles (31), triples, (7), Bro Bombs, (15) and RBI (61). In August, Hayes hit .320 with six homers and 20 RBI in August and followed that up with nine doubles and four homers in September.


Through five games this season, Ke’Bryan Hayes has been on fire, flirting with the .400 mark hitting .391 with five RBI and an even more impressive OPS 1.004. With the combination of a hot bat and his Gold Glove ease in the field…



Are NL MVP awards in his future? Just remember MLBbro.com mentioned it first.


Andrew McCutchen:


For any team to stay on top especially when it’s not a normal occurrence, locker room leadership is needed to keep everyone focused. This is the job of MLBbro, Andrew McCutchen. A player the Pirates brought back on a one-year $5 million deal this offseason. A veteran who has mastered the process of staying ready, and in the moment, understanding the highs and lows has already been shown this season…


  • After striking out five times in his first nine at-bats…

  • After being a scratch in the Saturday and Sunday games…

  • McCutchen returns to the lineup and has a solid 2-4 (with a walk) performance at the plate including a huge RBI in the 8th inning on Monday.



Our MLBbro has a resume that includes five All-Star appearances and a 2013 NL MVP who remembers the last time this franchise was relevant leading the Pirates to three straight playoff appearances (2013-15).


If McCutchen can duplicate the stat line of 12 homers, 43 RBI and 55 runs from the DH spot in part-time duty, his experience alone as a winner will keep the young players on track. Keep it locked to MLBbro.com as we track Andrew’s 300th career home run, which he missed by inches on Monday.


Michael A. Taylor:


MLBbro.com has been shining the spotlight on Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Harris II his whole career for his production at the plate out of the ninth spot in the lineup.


Is MLBbro Michael Harris II Trending Upwards Just In Time For the Atlanta Braves Postseason?


It’s time for him to slide over and make room for Michael A. Taylor, also a center fielder who is now on fire hitting out of the eighth/ninth slot in the lineup. This MLBbro is batting .471 with four RBI and an OPS of 1.064. Couple this with a slugging percentage of .588 Taylor is off to an unbelievable start. Like fellow MLBbro McCutchen, Taylor has a team-friendly one-year contract at $4 million. 


The former American League Gold Glove winner has a 10-year run as one of the best fielding outfielders in the game. Now that his hot bat is included, it’s not hard to see why Pittsburgh is undefeated.


These three MLBbro amigos have illustrated three ingredients of winning baseball…offense…defense and leadership off the field. It’s something the Pittsburgh Pirates need to keep their winning ways.