|| Michael Taylor
General: Has all the skills with great size, speed and power to go with an outstanding throwing arm A dangerous hitter who can hit for both power and average and should anchor the middle of Stanford's lineup Has improved tremendously defensively A prototypical rightfielder with a cannon for an arm Has added 25 pounds since his freshman season Has matured and developed in all phases of the game A leader by the intensity he brings to games and practices Plays the game hard and aggressively A top level professional prospect with a huge upside who is expected to be a high draft pick in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Cardinal Career: Career Stats
Stanford's active career leader in nearly every offensive category, including homers (21), RBI (126), runs scored (80), runs scored (124), hits (217), doubles (45), triples (8), total bases (341), slugging percentage (.497), walks (62), hit by pitch (21), sacrifice flies (10), sacrifice bunts (7), stolen bases (12), at bats (686), games played (174) and games started (173) Started 140 consecutive games at one point Has missed only two games and three starts in his collegiate career Has added a .316 batting average and a .380 on-base mark Has 67 multiple-hit games, including 13 with three, four with four and one with five) Has added 32 multiple-RBI contests, including six with three, three with four and two with five Has a .946 career fielding percentage with 18 errors in 331 defensive chances, including nine outfield assists Has had tremendous success in the postseason with a .425 (17-40) batting average, one homer, seven RBI and two stolen bases in nine games played (all starts) Has Stanford's most recent cycle when he pulled off the feat by going 4-for-4 with three RBI and his first collegiate home run versus San Jose State as a freshman on April 19, 2005 Named to the College Baseball Foundation's Wallace Award Watch List that annually recognizes the top player in collegiate baseball prior to both the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
As A Junior In 2007: Earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career Had career-bests in nearly every offensive category during his 2007 junior season, including home runs (12), RBI (59), batting average (.335) and hits (78) Added a career-best 16 doubles, 136 total bases and a .584 slugging percentage, while equaling career-highs in triples (3) and on-base percentage (.395) Paced the team in RBI and doubles, while co-leading the club in homers, at bats, total bases and slugging percentage Finished the campaign on a tear with a career-high 12-game hit streak and had multiple-hit games in 16 of his last 19 contests with a .429 batting average, seven homers and 31 RBI during the run Started the 2007 season as a Baseball America Third Team Preseason All-American and on the Wallace Award Watch List for the College Baseball Foundation's honor recognizing the top player in college baseball.
2007 Individual Game Notes: Game-By-Game Stats
As A Sophomore In 2006: Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10, Pac-10 All-Academic and All-NCAA Regional honors in a season in which he hit .325 (74-228) with five homers, 39 RBI and two stolen bases Paced the club with nine sacrifice flies, while sharing a piece of the team lead with three triples Added 15 doubles, 36 runs scored, 22 walks, nine hit by pitches and two sacrifice bunts to go with a .482 slugging percentage and a .395 on-base mark Hit safely in 18 of his final 20 games and had four of his five homers over his last 13 contests Had five hit streaks of five or more games, including a career-best nine-game run from May 5-16 (.439, 18-41, 4 2B, HR, 6 RBI, SB) that was capped with four straight multiple-hit showings from May 12-16 and followed by homers in back-to-back games in the final two contests of the UCLA series (May 20-21) after the streak was broken in the series-opener (May 19) Also had an eight-game hit streak from February 18 - March 3 (.483, 14-29, 4 2B, 10 RBI), as well as a season-ending six-game streak from May 27 - June 11 (.440, 11-25, 2B, HR, 6 RBI) that he will take into the 2007 campaign and a pair of earlier five-game runs from March 25 through both games of an April 1 doubleheader (.304, 7-23, 3 2B, 2 RBI) and April 8-16 (.462, 6-13, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 5 BB, .632 OB%) Drove in at least one run for six consecutive games from February 12-24 Walked at least once in five straight games from April 2-14 Ranked second on the club in multiple-hit games (20) as well as tied for second in multiple RBI contests (11) with a trio of three-hit games, a four-hit contest and a five-hit showing among his multiple-hit efforts, as well as a pair of four-RBI contests among his multiple-RBI games Hit .330 (31-94) with three homers, 15 RBI and a stolen base in 24 Pac-10 games and starts.
2006 Individual Game Notes: Game-By-Game Stats
6/11 at Oregon State (Super Regional) - Finished the season with a six-game hit streak that he will take into the 2007 campaign ... recorded his second outfield assist of the season 6/4 vs. North Carolina State (Regional Championship Game) - 4-6, 2B, HR, 4 RBI ... first postseason homer ... career-high-tying RBI 6/3 at Texas (Regional) - 3-4, 3 runs ... career-high-tying runs scored 6/2 vs. North Carolina State (Regional) - 2 RBI 5/21 at UCLA - Hit an eighth inning solo homer that gave Stanford a brief 7-6 lead in a key game before UCLA responded with solo homers in the eighth and ninth frames to tie and then win the contest, 8-7 5/16 vs. Santa Clara - 5-5, 2B ... career-high hits ... fourth straight multiple-hit game ... final game of career-best nine-game hit streak 5/14 at Washington - 3-4, HR, RBI ... started seven-run fourth inning rally with leadoff solo homer 5/13 at Washington - 2-5, 2 RBI, SB 5/12 at Washington - 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI 5/9 at Santa Clara - 7 AB ... career-high at bats 5/7 vs. California - 2-4, 2B ... started sixth and eighth inning rallies with a single and a double, respectively, before eventually coming around to score both times in 6-4 victory 5/5 vs. California - Executed a key ninth inning sacrifice bunt that moved Chris Minaker into scoring position before he was singled home by Randy Molina in dramatic 3-2 win 4/30 vs. Arizona State - 2-5, 2 RBI 4/28 vs. Arizona State - 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI 4/21 at Arizona - 2-4, 2B 4/18 vs. Sacramento State - 2 RBI 4/16 at Oregon State - Drove in Stanford's lone run of three-game series at Oregon State on first inning double that plated Chris Minaker 4/10 vs. Pacific - 2-2, 2 BB ... reached base in all four plate appearances 4/2 vs. USC - Threw out his first of two runners on the season from the outfield 4/1 vs. USC (Gm 2) - 2-6, 2 2B ... fourth multiple-double game of his career 3/26 vs. Washington State - 2-5, 2B, RBI 3/3 at California - 2-2, RBI 2/26 at Fresno State - 2-5, 2 2B ... third multiple-double game of his career 2/24 at Fresno State - 3-5, RBI ... third straight multiple-hit game 2/21 vs. Nevada - 2-3, 2 RBI 2/20 vs. Texas - 2-4, RBI 2/19 vs. Texas - 2B, 4 RBI ... career-high-tying RBI ... keyed victory with bases loaded three-RBI double in three-run third frame 2/12 vs. Kansas - 2 SF, 2 RBI ... career-high sacrifice flies 2/5 vs. Cal State Fullerton - 2-3, HR, 2 RBI 2/3 vs. Cal State Fullerton - 2-4, 3B ... tripled to lead off bottom of the ninth and later scored the game-winning run on Brendan Domaracki's one-out RBI bases loaded single in dramatic 2-1 season-opening win
As A Freshman In 2005: Bolted onto the collegiate baseball scene with a solid rookie campaign, hitting .289 (65-225) with four homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases while playing in all 59 games (58 starts) Became the first Stanford player to hit for a cycle since 1998 (Edmund Muth, February 22 at UCLA) when he pulled off the feat versus San Jose State (April 19), going 4-for-4 with three RBI to tie season-highs in both hits and runs batted in while also blasting his first collegiate home run Tied for second on the team with a pair of triples, while adding 44 runs scored, 14 doubles, 23 walks, two sacrifice flies, four sacrifice bunts, a .422 slugging percentage and a .365 on-base percentage, Tied for second on the club with 22 multiple-hit games, including two with three hits and two more with four Had eight multiple-RBI efforts with a trio of three-RBI games Led Stanford's outfielders with three assists but did commit nine errors in 104 defensive chances for a .913 fielding percentage Had a pair of season-high-tying six-game hit streaks (February 12, Gm 2 - February 25; April 3-12) Had four consecutive two-hit contests from February 13-20 Scored a single run in eight consecutive contests (April 1-12) Ended the season on a tear with four multiple-hit contests in his last five games (May 29 - June 6) Led Stanford with a .368 batting average at the NCAA Waco Regional, going 7-for-19 with two doubles, an RBI and a pair of stolen bases Hit .261 (23-88) with two homers, 12 RBI and two stolen bases in 24 Pac-10 starts.
2005 Individual Game Notes: Game-By-Game Stats
6/6 at Baylor (Regional Championship Game) - 3-6, SB 6/5 vs. TCU (Regional) - 2-5, RBI, SB 6/4 vs. TCU (Regional) - 2-3, 2 2B ... second multiple-double game of his career 5/29 at USC - 2-4 5/28 at USC - 2 RBI, SB 5/20 vs. Arizona - 2-4, HR, 2 RBI 5/17 vs. Saint Mary's - 2-4, RBI 5/10 at Santa Clara - 2-6, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB ... hit two-run homer in top of 10th inning that gave Stanford brief 5-3 lead in game the Cardinal eventually lost 6-5 in 12 innings 5/7 at California - 2-4, 2B 5/6 at California - HR, RBI 4/24 vs. Washington - 3 runs, 3 BB ... career-high-tying runs scored ... career-high walks 4/23 vs. Washington - 2-3 4/19 vs. San Jose State - 4-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI ... became the first Stanford player since 1998 to hit for the cycle ... first collegiate home run ... season-high-tying hits ... season-high-tying RBI 4/12 vs. San Francisco - 2-4 4/9 vs. Oregon State (Gm 2) - 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI 4/5 vs. Santa Clara - 2-4, SB 4/1 at Washington State - 4-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI ... career-high doubles ... season-high-tying hits ... season-high-tying RBI 3/26 at Sacramento State - 3-4, 2B, RBI 3/24 vs. Pacific - 2-3, 2B 3/6 vs. California (Gm 1) - 2-4, SB 3/5 vs. California - 2-5, 3 RBI ... season-high-tying RBI 2/20 at Texas - 2-5, 2B ... fourth straight game with two hits 2/19 at Texas - 2-5, RBI 2/18 at Texas - 2-4 2/13 vs. Kansas - 2-5, 3B ... first career two-hit game and triple 2/12 vs. Kansas (Gm 2) - 2 RBI ... first career two-RBI game 2/6 at Cal State Fullerton - Hit first in the lineup for the first time in his career 2/5 at Cal State Fullerton - First career hit, RBI and run scored 2/4 at Cal State Fullerton - First career stolen base 1/29 vs. Fresno State - Collegiate debut and first start
High School: A 2004 graduate of Apopka High School Earned numerous national honors as a senior, including First Team All-American selections by USA Today and Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger), as well as First Team Preseason All-American recognition from Baseball America and Street and Smith's Ranked No. 8 among Baseball America's 2004 Top 100 High School Prospects and No. 1 in the nation by Team One Also selected First Team All-State in 2004 Hit .409 with five home runs, 27 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 24 walks in his senior season Named a 2003 AFLAC All-American and played in the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic Led his team to the state finals and a 31-5 record in his junior year, as well as a 31-3 mark during his sophomore campaign Also played one season of basketball as a freshman, averaging 8.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while garnering the team's Best Rebounder Award Graduated sixth in his class Coached in baseball by Sonny Wise.
Other Amateur Baseball: Spent the summer of 2006 playing for the Cape Cod Baseball League champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, hitting .243 (28-115) with four homers, 19 RBI and six stolen bases in the team's 28-16 regular season to help the club win an Eastern Division title, before exploding with a .467 batting average to go with a homer and two RBI in a pair of postseason series victories Had a huge first season of collegiate summer baseball in 2005 as he was named the top prospect in the Alaska Baseball League by Baseball America and also earned Summer All-American honors from the publication Hit .328 with four homers and 25 RBI during his First Team All-ABL season in 2005, while stealing 25 bases for the second place Mat-Su Miners Played for Team Florida in the 2004 All-Star Sunbelt Classic and was named All-Tournament Played with the 2003 Orlando Scorpions.
MLB First-Year Player Draft: Selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round (173rd pick overall) of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Getting To Know Michael Taylor
Parents: David and Sheryl Taylor
Major: Political Science
I would describe myself as a person as: Dedicated
What people don't know about me is: I'll never not accomplish something because I didn't work hard enough
The reason I love baseball is: It's extremely challenging
Athletic Family: His father played collegiate football as a defensive back and kick returner at Maryland (1978-81)
Greatest Athletic Moment: Winning the 2006 NCAA Austin Regional
The teammate I admire most is: Nolan Gallagher
The reasons I chose Stanford are: Location, academics and we win!
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: Albert Pujols
If a movie were made of my life, the actor that would play me is: Will Smith
I would like to be remembered at Stanford for: Keeping the locker room fun
Best Advice Received: Do it yourself
Advice To Youngsters: Have fun and don't let grownups spoil your fun
The biggest thrill of my life to date is: Meeting Vladimir Guerrero
Most Prized Possession: My mind
When I played sports as a kid, I pretended to be: Willie Mays and Michael Jordan
One wish I would make for the 21st century is: Equity and education for those that are lacking a worldly view
Earliest Baseball Memory: My first day at tee-ball
Last Updated: June 7, 2007