A former top prospect in Milwaukee’s system, Tyrone Taylor, at 27 years old, has finally gotten his chance to prove that he deserves to stick around at the highest level.
Tyrone Taylor has shown signs that he has what it takes to be not just an impact bat in an everyday line-up, but he could potentially be a future all-star on this Brewers team. There are, of course, some obstacles standing in is a way of securing an everyday spot.
Obstacle #1, Will he have room to play every day?
Of course, standing in the way of a potentiality-fulfilling career in Milwaukee is the logjam in the current outfield. With All-Stars, Christian Yelich, and Lorenzo Cain locking down two of the three spots Taylor will need to work around defensive savvy, Jackie Bradley Jr, and the current team leader in dingers, Avisail Garcia.
In 33 games played this season, Taylor has hit five long balls, and his slash line of .215/.303/.443 does not currently warrant an everyday job, especially when you look at Garcia, who has a 12 million dollar club option for the 2022 season. Garcia, who could be on his way to a career year is batting, .247/.318/.466, along with his power that has arrived for the crew, as he has blasted 11 homers in 52 games.
As for Jackie Bradley Jr, he has not faired as well in 2021 offensively. The former gold glover and 2018 ALCS MVP has never been defined as a slugger, but he has struggled at the plate in his first season with the crew. Bradley is hitting .157/.224/.289. His glove has been as advertised as he has committed zero errors in 47 games played with Milwaukee.
After 2021, Bradley has a player option for a total of 9,500.000$ for the 2022 season. If he decides to stay in Milwaukee, which most experts doubt will happen, he will still most likely serve as a fourth outfielder.
What are Taylor’s chances?
With these two beings, the chances of him achieving said goal seems very good. However, it will be up to Taylor to continue his current consistency to make it happen. Taylor recently had a stint in Triple-A, whenever the crew needs him, unlike some players, Taylor has been able to transfer his minor league numbers to the MLB. Taylor hit .533/.600/.1.267. Although, it was in just four games played that he hit three home runs and drove in eight RBIs.
This small sample size obviously is not the biggest argument for Taylor to be an everyday player, but you need to use the eye test as a fan to know just what you are getting from Taylor. Take the current series against the Tigers, Taylor has a two-homer game in game one, his first game back from Triple-A. Yesterday, with the bases loaded and two outs with all hope lost, Taylor delivered a two-strike rbi single that gave Milwaukee the lead.
Taylor’s spurts of being clutch and having good at-bats game after game is just one sign that should give Brewer fans hope for his future.