The August 31st trade deadline has come and gone and the Brewers ended up staying pat with their struggling offensive players.
While many fans find this frustrating, effective today the Brewers announced that outfielder Tyrone Taylor was promoted to the big leagues.
Fans may remember Taylor’s brief stint with the Brewers last September, in which one week he went from working at FedEx to another week helping the Brewers compete for a playoff spot.
While his chances to receive playing time were very brief in 2019 at the big league level, he did make the most of those chances. In just 10 at bats he collected four hits, two of which were doubles.
With no minor league season, it is hard to predict how Taylor has progressed since last September. However, according to Craig Counsell and other Brewers personnel, many believe he has been the best position player so far at the alternative training site, as reported by Adam McCalvy.
The biggest question mark regarding with the promotion of Tyrone Taylor is where does he fit in? Other than Christian Yelich and Avisail Garcia, the Brewers have used primarily Ben Gamel as their third outfielder, but Ryan Braun, Mark Mathias, and Jace Peterson have all seen playing time as well.
Adding Taylor right now may allow Mathias and Peterson to resume their normal infield roles. It also gives Craig Counsell another option for a new bat in the lineup. With the mixed results Ben Gamel has shown with extended playing time and the rather underwhelming offensive performance of Avisail Garcia, Taylor could very easily hit his way into the starting lineup.
Throughout his minor league career, Taylor has been a great contact hitter with above average speed. With the Brewers struggling to establish a consistent leadoff hitter, Taylor’s skills fit the stereotypical mold. He will likely have to experience some offensive success first prior to being thrust into the top of the order.
While it is hard to say how long Taylor’s big league stint in 2020 will last, one has to hope that he can challenge the everyday outfielders in Garcia and Gamel for playing time.
Without acquiring any hitters at the trade deadline, the Brewers offense needs a spark plug will help and hopefully Taylor can be that guy in 2020.