Washington Nationals bold predictions revisited

1. Michael Taylor will supplant Denard Span.

This prediction did come to pass, although not necessarily for the reasons I imagined. After seeing Taylor tear up Double-A in 2014, I thought he would be ready for a real breakthrough rookie season and would capitalize on Span’s absence in the early going, taking hold of a starting spot. Taylor has a starting spot now, but it’s more due to the fact that Span just has not been able to stay on the field this season. Out again, it appears Span may have played his final games in Washington.

As for Taylor, he has been good at times this season, but is dealing with the typical rookie struggles. Taylor has 13 home runs and 55 RBI’s, but has struck out 131 times in 113 games. His slash line .238/.286/.382 has been dragged down by issues with plate discipline. The rookie has just 26 walks on the season. There is still great potential in Taylor, and if he tightens up his approach at the plate like Jonathan Schoop just up the road in Baltimore has, the 2016 season could be a much better one for Taylor.

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