Six reasons 2015 was not a total failure for the Washington Nationals

3.) Michael Taylor kept his head above water in the bigs.

Entering the year, Michael Taylor had received only 43 big league plate appearances and had played only 12 games above Double-A. The 24-year-old outfielder was still raw, but had plenty of upside. With Denard Span still slated to patrol centerfield, Taylor was expected to get a full year of Triple-A ball to finish his maturation as a hitter. Things have a funny way of not going according to plan in professional sports, and Span played in only 61 games this season. Werth also missed a lot of time, and Taylor got a full season in the bigs.

Taylor’s 138 games with the Nationals were promising. He showed power at the plate, speed on the bases, and good range in the outfield. Taylor hit 14 homers and drove in 63 while stealing 16 bags. His average did drag in the second half of the season, and right-handed pitchers abused him to the tune of 122 strikeouts in 398 plate appearances. Taylor did not draw many walks, and was susceptible to pitches outside of the strike zone, but he was not even supposed to be playing at this level in 2015. 

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