The Royals Have Nothing To Play For, But Michael Taylor Is Setting Himself Up Nicely For Next Season

The Royals Have Nothing To Play For, But Michael Taylor Is Setting Himself Up Nicely For Next Season

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.

 

MLBbro Michael A. Taylor Shows Up When The Stakes Are Highest

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 Michael A. Taylor Is the Rock That Keeps Kansas City’s Hopes High

 

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.

Michael Taylor & Marcus Semien Win AL Gold Glove Awards| Web Masters With Soul

Michael Taylor & Marcus Semien Win AL Gold Glove Awards| Web Masters With Soul

Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Semien and Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael Taylor represent the two MLBBros who were announced as Gold Glove Award winners on Sunday.

Let’s tip our caps to these guys who put together incredible fielding seasons.

This award is special for our MLBbros  because it’s their first Gold Glove and don’t be surprised if it’s not their last one either.

Out of the 18 players selected for the award, Semien and Taylor were the only two Black players, representing the American League.

Taylor won the award for the centerfield position and he was a workhorse out there for the Royals.

He led all outfielders in Ultimate Zone Rating (13.3) and led all centerfielders in Defensive Runs Above Average (15.3).

The one-time World Series winner made just three errors in 365 chances, had 11 assists, and finished with a .992 fielding percentage.

Taylor has above average speed and makes really good reads on balls: Just know that if there is a ball hit in the outfield and it’s not leaving the park, Taylor is going to have a good chance tracking it down.

Semien will probably add a Silver Slugger Award to go along with his Gold Glove Award.

This brother had an amazing season and was one of the hottest players in all of baseball from April to October.

In his first season with the Blue Jays, Semien spent most of his time at second base. He broke the record for home runs by a second baseman in an MLB season, but his glove work was just as prominent. Semien definitely had an MVP-caliber season.

He made a total of nine errors in 590 chances, while finishing with 363 assists and a .985 fielding percentage.

Before coming over to Toronto, Semien spent most of his time playing shortstop. Making that transition to second base seemed to work out just fine.

He led all AL second basemen in Ultimate Zone Rating at 6.6. Semien was one player who definitely made a name for himself this season and he quickly became a fan favorite.

Michael Taylor and Marcus Semien did their thing on the field this season and it’s great to see that their efforts did not go unnoticed.

National League pitcher Marcus Stroman was snubbed for his Gold Glove, but the AL got it right with these guys.

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Much respect to both of these players and representing the MLBbros!

Michael Taylor Is Owning The Month Of July | Flexing His World Series Pedigree

Michael Taylor Is Owning The Month Of July | Flexing His World Series Pedigree

The month of July has been a really good one for Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael Taylor.

His bat has been on fire and he’s been a big contributor to the Royals offense.

If you look at Taylor’s last six games, you’ll see how much of an impact he’s had at the plate.

The 30-year-old has hit safely in five of his last six games. During that stretch he hit .347 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI. 


After spending his entire career with the Washington Nationals, Taylor is looking to make Kansas City his new home for a few years.

Hey!! Don’t Sleep On MLBbro Michael Taylor | The Royals Are A Good Fit

 

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.

 

Michael A. Taylor Was In His Bag At The Plate & With His Wing On Opening Day


And those numbers will only increase this season if he continues to swing a hot stick like he’s been doing lately.

He may have not made an All-Star team yet but he has been a significant part of multiple teams throughout his career.

This brother can ball and his numbers have been speaking for themselves lately.

Look for Taylor to continue to make an impact for the Royals as the season progresses.