Milwaukee Brewers: Has Tyrone Taylor earned a September call up?
The Milwaukee Brewers drafted Tyrone Taylor in the second round in 2012. Has he finally earned his first call up to the Majors?
Tyrone Taylor was only 18 years old when he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012 after getting selected with the 92nd overall pick. He popped up on Top-100 lists almost instantly, but it took him six years before he made it to Triple-A. Could he get the call to the Majors in September?
How has Taylor played this year?
Taylor likes hitting in Colorado Springs. He’s set a career high in homers with 18 so far, and owns an .813 OPS. His walk rate sits at 5.7% and his strikeout rate is at 15.9%. He’s also shown impressive speed and stolen 13 bases in 17 chances. Taylor has enjoyed his finest season in the Minors at the highest level.
Taylor blasted three homers in his last six games. He’s also scored five times and driven in nine runs in that same stretch.
Is Taylor on the 40-man roster?
Only Minor Leaguers on the 40-man roster can get called up when rosters expand on Septemeber 1st. Taylor isn’t on the 40-man. Someone would have to move to the 60-day DL or get DFA’ed to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Taylor. He may have earned a call up, but he doesn’t have the roster spot for a call up…yet.
Since he’s not on the 40-man roster, it’s not likely that Taylor will get called up this year. However, that could change if there’s an injury or if the Milwaukee Brewers need to add an outfielder.
Will Taylor make the Majors next year?
2019 will be Taylor’s age-25 season. If it doesn’t happen next year, it might not happen at all. Taylor has finally shown the power that scouts believed he had in 2012, and he still has the speed and athleticism.
There are still questions about his glove, and he looks more like a corner outfielder than a center fielder, but he has the talent to play above average defense at the corner spots.
Taylor has performed at a level high enough to get him back on the radar for possible promotion. The next hurdle Taylor needs to clear is a spot on the 40-man roster. That could happen as soon as next year, and then Taylor is only a phone call away from joining the Milwaukee Brewers.