One of the Milwaukee Brewers top-30 prospect managed to stay hot at the plate for almost the entire month of August. Who was it, and will we see him in the Majors in September?
The Milwaukee Brewers are known for their outfield depth in their organization, but one outfielder in their top-30 prospects turned in an amazing month of August.
Tyrone Taylor, the 27th rated prospect in the Brewers organization, was almost unstoppable at the plate in August for the Triple-A San Antonio Missions. What did Taylor do in August that was so special?
How hot was Taylor in August
Taylor slashed .359/.427/.621 in 118 plate appearances in August for the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate. He hit six doubles, seven homers, drove in 25 runs, and stole a base during his torrid August.
How is Taylor doing this year?
Taylor was slowed by a wrist injury in May, but he’s managed to bounce back since then. In 89 games in Triple-A, Taylor owns a .275/.338/.475 slash line. He has 14 homers, 59 RBIs, and five steals in five attempts.
Taylor’s 22.8% strikeout rate is a bit high, but he has managed a 7.2% walk rate this year. Taylor has never posted a strikeout rate over 20.0% in an extended run at every level.
Could the Brewers call up Taylor in September
Taylor is on the Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster, so, yes, the team could conceivably call him up in the next few weeks. Rosters expand from 25 to 40 this year after August 31st.
Taylor could get the call to function as a pinch runner, defensive replacement, or as a pinch hitter against a tough lefty. However, if the Brewers are turning to players like Taylor in mid-to-late September, it means the team is out of the playoff hunt.
The Milwaukee Brewers need Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, and Ryan Braun in the field as often as possible until they’re mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It’s a nice idea to use September to get a look at outfielders like Taylor and Trent Grisham, but getting a look at them means the team is out of contention. The Wild Card magic number hitting ‘0’ is the only way that Taylor or Grisham get an extended look.