There are a fair share of players throughout all of Major League Baseball that deserve proper recognition. The one in discussion in this article? Tyrone Taylor.
Who is he?
Tyrone Taylor was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Torrance, CA. From then, he’s played the majority of his career in the minor leagues. While he hasn’t had a lot of time in the big leagues, the time he has spent there has been amazing. The problem is, the Milwaukee Brewers seem to exercise all options they have for him. In order to be a successful player, he needs to have the big league playing time.
Arguably his best season was in 2019 with Class AAA San Antonio where he batted .269 and hit 14 home runs and had an OPS of .795.
In his major league debut back in 2019, Taylor posted a slashline of .400/.500/.600/1.100 with an OPS+ of 185. Granted, he only had 12 PA’s in 15 games, they were enough to show how good of a player Taylor is. Those games earned him a spot on the 2020 Spring Training roster.
The COVID-19 pandemic, however, changed plans for him. Initially, he was in the 60-man pool for Milwaukee. But, Taylor would spend a majority of the season in Appleton at the Alternate Training Site.
Looking at Now
Taylor has been back and forth between the minor and major leagues throughout his almost ten-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent eight years in the minors before actually making his big league debut. Seeing how he’s performing now, he’s stood out as one of the more impressive players for the crew.
For 2021, Taylor has played 33 games with the crew and has had 79 at-bats, raking in five home runs, 12 RBI’s, and is hitting .215/.303/.443/.746. Like stated before, he’s only played in 32 games, but he currently is ranked fourth among the Brewers in home runs and has been a huge contributor to the offense that can be at times, a bit…lacking.
In his minor league visits this season with Class AAA Nashville, Taylor has hit three home runs for the Nashville Sounds. Prior to his call-up on June 1st, he was named the Triple-A East Player of the Week. He was the first member of the Sounds to earn this weekly honor from the league. Taylor returned to the big leagues after Lorenzo Cain was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Upon his return, he smacked two home runs against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
Taylor wasn’t in the lineup on Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks; But until Lorenzo Cain comes back from the injured list, I suspect we see more Tyrone Taylor time. The Brewers do have JBJ. to fall back on as well when they need that other defender out in the outfield. However, it would be the smarter move to put a strong right-handed hitter at the plate; Something the Brewers lack when Taylor isn’t in the lineup.
Give Credit Where Credit’s Due
It’s been an uphill battle for Taylor when it comes to staying on the big league roster. Compared to his teammates that also play outfield who are out of options, Taylor still has a minor league option available. So if the roster spot is needed, chances are that he would be the first consideration to be sent down.
There’s been those moments that pondered if Taylor was right for the crew. But somehow, he always shows up and proves people wrong. People don’t give Tyrone Taylor the credit he deserves, and it’s quite puzzling as to why. He’s only 27-years-old, and has a lot of playing time left in him, but giving up on him so easily isn’t the way to go.
The point of this is, stop sleeping on Tyrone Taylor. He’s an amazing athlete who has a lot of potential. Sure he isn’t a Christian Yelich or Ryan Braun, but there is full belief that he could make a name for himself within the Brewers organization.