4. Tyrone Taylor
In the 2014 edition of MLB’s Prospect Watch, Tyrone Taylor was the Milwaukee Brewers top minor league prospect, and he had reached Double-A that season. It took him until September 2019 to make his major league debut.
Taylor spent the next three years in Double-A and didn’t really get much traction as his batting average dropped down to .260 and then to .232. In 2017, injuries limited Taylor to just 32 games.
Finally getting up to Triple-A in 2018, Taylor had some improved offensive numbers as his power finally arrived, hitting 20 home runs with a .278 batting average, although this was Colorado Springs, so that needed to be taken with a grain of salt. His previous season high in home runs was nine, and that was in 2016.
Taylor had a pedigree of an above-average hitter that found ways to get on base and then use his speed to steal bags, but he hasn’t been able to quite put it all together. Now 26 years old, Taylor isn’t yet too old to find success, but his days as a prospect are probably behind him. By now, after eight years in the farm system, the Brewers know what they have in Taylor, and he could, at best, serve as a backup outfielder.
Taylor is currently the sixth outfielder on the depth chart, behind Avisail Garcia and Ben Gamel for the reserve spots.
For being a second round pick, and vaulting up to Double-A as quickly as he did, Taylor should be a big league regular by now, but instead he’s fighting for a 40 man roster spot and will start the 2020 season, whenever it does start, in Triple-A.