The right-handed hitting outfielder comes in fourth on this list. Taylor is widely praised for his athleticism, as he should be, standing at 6’ 185 lbs. The former second round pick has made a steady climb through the system thus far.
The big thing Taylor has going for him offensively has been consistency, at least so far. Whenever he’s been given 500 plate appearances or more, Taylor has been remarkably steady, posting a 109 wRC+ at Single A Wisconsin in 2013, and a 107 wRC+ last year at High A Brevard County. Interestingly enough, that’s not where the similarities end for the two years. His walk rate stayed reasonably consistent, jumping from 6.4% in ’13 to 7% in the bulk of his ’14 plate appearances (he had 14 PA in Double A that were not factored in). Taylor’s strikeout rate also improved for the better, but stayed fairly consistent, dropping from 11.5% in ’13 to 10.4% in his High A games. And last, but certainly not least, Taylor’s BABIP was nearly identical each year, hitting the .299 mark in ’13 compared to .301 in ’14. Five tool potential is there with Taylor, although he is a little short on the power side so far. He’s posted career highs of .278 AVG, .126 ISO, and 22 SB for each of his offensive tools. The power will likely come along a little more as his body continues to fill out.
Defensively, as noted above, Taylor’s athleticism is his biggest weapon. He has played all but six of his games in centerfield, posting a combine RF/G of 2.40 over his minor league career. Taylor has the speed, and has shown the ability to stick in centerfield long-term. It should be interesting as to how the Brewers will eventually deploy both Harrison and Taylor, but the combination should make for an exciting future defensive duo as they chase down balls in Miller Park.
Taylor got a five game taste of Double-A at the end of 2014, and I would expect him to open up there. For the most part, it seems as though the Brewers have wanted to give him basically a full season of at bats at a level before moving him up, but I would suspect that if he shows the consistency that he has, Taylor could see major league action sometime next year.