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Michael Taylor getting work at 1b...

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Posted: 02/14/2013 4:01 PM

Michael Taylor getting work at 1b... 


I've been suggesting this for a while now, of course last time I did I think Allen/Kila were our 1b's. Taylor has good size and athleticism that could stand out at 1b if he can get a feel for the position. He'll have to hit to stick in the majors regardless, but we could use more 1b options, and the more versatility the better for Taylor.

Hopefully he can have a Brandon Moss 2012 type breakout, his athleticism is still intriguing.

Last edited 02/14/2013 4:10 PM by BanditoB

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Posted: 02/14/2013 4:06 PM

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Makes sense, there doesn't look to be any room for him in the OF as that looks pretty stacked both at the big league level and potentially at AAA with Choice/Peterson possibly knocking on the door in 2014 and A's could always need to find that RH platoon at 1b though it's likely that Lowrie would fill that role for the next season or two.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 4:14 PM

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BanditoB wrote: I've been suggesting this for a while now, of course last time I did I think Allen/Kila were our 1b's. Taylor has good size and athleticism that could stand out at 1b if he can get a feel for the position. He'll have to hit to stick in the majors regardless, but we could use more 1b options, and the more versatility the better for Taylor.

Hopefully he can have a Brandon Moss 2012 type breakout, his athleticism is still intriguing.
I have also been saying they should try him over there; it's unlikely he could break into this outfield.  It's about time, glad to hear it.  Hope he will look good enough over there this spring and they'll finally let Barton see if he can land in another organization. biggrin
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Posted: 02/14/2013 4:36 PM

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oaklady wrote:
BanditoB wrote: I've been suggesting this for a while now, of course last time I did I think Allen/Kila were our 1b's. Taylor has good size and athleticism that could stand out at 1b if he can get a feel for the position. He'll have to hit to stick in the majors regardless, but we could use more 1b options, and the more versatility the better for Taylor.

Hopefully he can have a Brandon Moss 2012 type breakout, his athleticism is still intriguing.
I have also been saying they should try him over there; it's unlikely he could break into this outfield.  It's about time, glad to hear it.  Hope he will look good enough over there this spring and they'll finally let Barton see if he can land in another organization. biggrin
Yup. Opens up the door for Peterson, Choice, Barfield most likely to be the Rivercats everyday OF. Would love to see a smooth transition to 1b for Taylor. If he can put together his power from 2011 with his BA/OBP of 2012 he could be an exciting call-up.

Just hearing this little bit of news, not knowing how it's going to turn out, makes me feel a bit better about the 1b situation.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 4:50 PM

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BanditoB wrote:
Just hearing this little bit of news, not knowing how it's going to turn out, makes me feel a bit better about the 1b situation.
Read this on twitter earlier today too and had the same thought.  I'd feel a lot more comfortable with Taylor at 3rd string 1B than Stephen Parker.  I can see Taylor really excelling at 1st.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 5:02 PM

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I like it. Why not try him somewhere else? He isn't cracking the of logjam.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 6:58 PM

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SS or 2B??  Maybe Catcher??
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Posted: 02/14/2013 7:01 PM

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He looked pretty terrible in the OF, so it's not like he'd be leaving behind some position he was great at. Might as well try out where there is more opportunity.

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I like it. Why not try him somewhere else? He isn't cracking the of logjam.

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Posted: 02/14/2013 7:26 PM

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in his limited mlb chances, taylor has looked hesistant in the OF despite reports of him having above avg arm/defense in AAA. 1b is a clearer path so it might workout. Best case, he turns into an allen craig type role, but i dont see taylor hitting .300+ or slg .500+ like craig has. But the ability to hit for a decent avg/solid obp/gap power /15 + hr is possible. This time last yr, donaldson/carter were stalled, older prospects so maybe taylor gets his chance at some point. Youd like to salvage some value out of peterson/taylor from the holliday trade. As mentioned, this clears up AAA OF with choice, peterson, and others. Maybe even barfield
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Posted: 02/14/2013 9:05 PM

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So in AAA depth chart looks like this I guess?

C- ??
1b- Barton, Taylor, Peterson
2b- Weeks, Green
3b- Parker, Sogard, Green
SS- Parrino, Sogard
OF- Choice, Peterson, Mitchell, Barfield?, Taylor

That would make 13 position players with 2 Cs. I'm sure I'm missing someone besides the catchers.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 9:44 PM

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mitchell signed milb deal with phillies

add in mendonca rule 5 pick, he looks like a more interesting prospect than parker imo.

barton either makes the team or has to be dfa/traded...it annoys me the struggles of suzuki, buck, sweeney, etc in the past. but considering all the hype, the fall of barton has to be top of the list. but at this point most fans and probably the A's brass arent expecting much from him. With Moss and maybe potentially taylor looks at more immediate 1b help. Was it 07/08, when beane basically put the future of the A's on the hopes of buck/barton. That led to deals of ethier/bradley, swisher, etc
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Posted: 02/14/2013 9:44 PM

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jclay09 wrote: So in AAA depth chart looks like this I guess?

C- ??
1b- Barton, Taylor, Peterson
2b- Weeks, Green
3b- Parker, Sogard, Green
SS- Parrino, Sogard
OF- Choice, Peterson, Mitchell, Barfield?, Taylor

That would make 13 position players with 2 Cs. I'm sure I'm missing someone besides the catchers.
Fillin' in some gaps:

C- Montz/Hill
1B- I think Parker gets some time here
IF- Rosales could get time here if he clears waivers.  If not, then Josh Horton is a possibility, but maybe plays the organizational soldier at Midland.
OF- Mitchell signed with the Phillies.  I'm guessing Choice is the CF until further notice.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 9:50 PM

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Qwerty75 wrote:
jclay09 wrote: So in AAA depth chart looks like this I guess?

C- ??
1b- Barton, Taylor, Peterson
2b- Weeks, Green
3b- Parker, Sogard, Green
SS- Parrino, Sogard
OF- Choice, Peterson, Mitchell, Barfield?, Taylor

That would make 13 position players with 2 Cs. I'm sure I'm missing someone besides the catchers.
Fillin' in some gaps:

C- Montz/Hill
1B- I think Parker gets some time here
IF- Rosales could get time here if he clears waivers.  If not, then Josh Horton is a possibility, but maybe plays the organizational soldier at Midland.
OF- Mitchell signed with the Phillies.  I'm guessing Choice is the CF until further notice.
I'll add that you have to figure Green makes it on to the field every night at some position or another.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 10:21 PM

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jclay09 wrote:
BanditoB wrote:
Just hearing this little bit of news, not knowing how it's going to turn out, makes me feel a bit better about the 1b situation.
Read this on twitter earlier today too and had the same thought.  I'd feel a lot more comfortable with Taylor at 3rd string 1B than Stephen Parker.  I can see Taylor really excelling at 1st.
Ditto.  Plus, he just looks like a first baseman, to me.  I'm just really glad they're giving him a shot to play there.  Frankly, I don't know why they didn't do this earlier.

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Posted: 02/14/2013 10:25 PM

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Qwerty75 wrote:
jclay09 wrote: So in AAA depth chart looks like this I guess?

C- ??
1b- Barton, Taylor, Peterson
2b- Weeks, Green
3b- Parker, Sogard, Green
SS- Parrino, Sogard
OF- Choice, Peterson, Mitchell, Barfield?, Taylor

That would make 13 position players with 2 Cs. I'm sure I'm missing someone besides the catchers.
Fillin' in some gaps:

C- Montz/Hill
1B- I think Parker gets some time here
IF- Rosales could get time here if he clears waivers.  If not, then Josh Horton is a possibility, but maybe plays the organizational soldier at Midland.
OF- Mitchell signed with the Phillies.  I'm guessing Choice is the CF until further notice.
Wait.  Did I miss something?  Have they put Rosales on waivers?
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Posted: 02/14/2013 10:59 PM

RE: Michael Taylor getting work at 1b... 


Looks like the A's are trying to build some value on Taylor. They have tinkered with him on different positions and most likely for a good reason. Trying to find a trade value for him because he really has no future with this team and the depth in OF and 1b.

The A's probably have their best 1b prospects still in the minors in either Head or Olson. I'm not sure who I'd give the nod between those two but I just don't see no real future for Taylor?? noidea

Taylor at 1b + Billy Beane = Trade Bait in Package deal

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Posted: 02/14/2013 11:10 PM

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oaklady wrote:
Qwerty75 wrote:
jclay09 wrote: So in AAA depth chart looks like this I guess?

C- ??
1b- Barton, Taylor, Peterson
2b- Weeks, Green
3b- Parker, Sogard, Green
SS- Parrino, Sogard
OF- Choice, Peterson, Mitchell, Barfield?, Taylor

That would make 13 position players with 2 Cs. I'm sure I'm missing someone besides the catchers.
Fillin' in some gaps:

C- Montz/Hill
1B- I think Parker gets some time here
IF- Rosales could get time here if he clears waivers.  If not, then Josh Horton is a possibility, but maybe plays the organizational soldier at Midland.
OF- Mitchell signed with the Phillies.  I'm guessing Choice is the CF until further notice.
Wait.  Did I miss something?  Have they put Rosales on waivers?
No, but if there aren't any injuries to the guys at the top of the depth chart, there isn't likely a spot for Rosales on the 25-man roster.  Well, maybe while Colon is out, but when he comes back, Lowrie is UTIF and Rosales, if he's on the active roster at that point, will likely be DFA'd.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 11:45 PM

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taylor is 6'5" and built like an NFL tight end with above avg athleticism, he wouldve been a waste at 1b earlier. At the time of the trade maybe there was even hope he could play a passable CF. BA ranked him with the best OF arm in the PCL i believe in 2011. He destroyed the minors in 08/09 althought as a 22/23 yr old. Then has been stuck in AAA the last 3 yrs. Sadly, his power just hasnt developed and his terrible 2010 season hurt him alot. More than likely, theyre just trying to see if he can contribute since he's blocked with all the OF depth. Maybe taylor/peterson could be similar roles/production to jon jay/allen craig of cardinals that would be a huge surprise if possible. For Taylor, hope it works out since other than Choice and Head theyre arent really any decent right handed hitting prospects in upper minors. If Choice can dominate AAA and Head in AA, that would be a nice next wave of hitters maybe in mid-late 2014
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Posted: 02/15/2013 12:09 AM

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It would be nice if he could platoon with Moss at 1B.  I'm not particularly looking forward to a Barton/Moss platoon.
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Posted: 02/15/2013 7:48 AM

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arly2380 wrote: taylor is 6'5" and built like an NFL tight end with above avg athleticism, he wouldve been a waste at 1b earlier. At the time of the trade maybe there was even hope he could play a passable CF. BA ranked him with the best OF arm in the PCL i believe in 2011. He destroyed the minors in 08/09 althought as a 22/23 yr old. Then has been stuck in AAA the last 3 yrs. Sadly, his power just hasnt developed and his terrible 2010 season hurt him alot. More than likely, theyre just trying to see if he can contribute since he's blocked with all the OF depth. Maybe taylor/peterson could be similar roles/production to jon jay/allen craig of cardinals that would be a huge surprise if possible. For Taylor, hope it works out since other than Choice and Head theyre arent really any decent right handed hitting prospects in upper minors. If Choice can dominate AAA and Head in AA, that would be a nice next wave of hitters maybe in mid-late 2014
Actually, if Carter hadn't been dealt, Taylor would probably not get this opportunity.  If he shows well along with some consistent pop, he could be a very nice compliment to Moss' LH bat.
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