Taylored for Charlotte…

OF Michael Taylor, who was ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the taylorPhiladelphia Phillies organization, and 29th best prospect in all of Major League Baseball heading into the 2010 season, was acquired by the Chicago White Sox on Saturday in a trade with the Oakland A’s. Chicago sent Kannapolis RHP Jacob Sanchez to Oakland’s organization.

Taylor will officially be added to Charlotte’s roster on Monday when the team is in Lehigh Valley – where Taylor played his home games in 2009. With the Knights at 25 active players, a corresponding move will need to be made on Monday. 

I worked for the IronPigs in 2008 and 2009. I knew all about Michael Taylor in 2009 as he was tearing up the Eastern League as a member of the Reading Philies — a team I would work for in 2010 and 2011. I’ll never forget the day he was called up to Lehigh Valley. There were a TON of media members interested in talking to Michael. He couldn’t be nicer! And, throughout the season he handled all of the attention very well.

At the time of his promotion, he was hitting .333 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs for the R-Phils and deserved that promotion. He didn’t slow down with the ‘Pigs either.

That season with the IronPigs, Taylor appeared in 30 games and hit .282 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. He hit-for-the-cycle on August 12, 2009. He went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBIs, and two runs scored that day. Taylor hit a remarkable .320 with 20 home runs, 84 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases combined with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2009. At the end of the year, he was named the Eastern League’s Rookie of the Year.

Originally drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2007 draft, Taylor hit a remarkable .320 with 20 home runs, 84 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases combined with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2009. A season, later, Taylor was traded twice.

On December 16, 2009, he was traded by the Phillies with Travis d’Arnaud and Kyle Drabek to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roy Halladay and cash. He was then traded by the Blue Jays to the Oakland A’s for Brett Wallace on the same day.

At the time of Saturday’s trade, Taylor was playing for Triple-A Sacramento and was hitting .243 (53-for-218) with five home runs and 31 RBIs over 59 games. Taylor has 102 career home runs at the Minor League level along with a .289 batting average (eight seasons).

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