If there’s one player in the Jays organization that I think could immediately help the Blue Jays this season, it’d be Samad Taylor.
The 23-year-old position player is quite an intriguing prospect. He blends speed, power, hitting with versatility to boot. The Jays could definitely use him on their team.
This season, Taylor is slashing .262/.344/.421 with five homers in 248 plate appearances for a wRC+ over 100. He’s followed up an impressive 2021 (which I wrote about here) with another impressive season against more advanced pitchers. He also leads the Bisons with 43 RBIs.
@SamadTaylor7 AGAIN. The @BuffaloBisons have the lead!!!!!!!#BlueJays #NextLevel #CallHimUp pic.twitter.com/GrNTkSoOfS
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 22, 2022
Taylor hit 16 homers in 374 plate appearances last season, but his seven homers rank tops for the Bisons. It’s also notable that the jump between Double A and Triple A is one of the toughest jumps in the minors. He’s also hit for a solid average, as that’s sitting at .262 (down from .294).
Most impressively however, is what he does once he reaches base. This season, he has attempted 27 steals and has been successful 23 times. In fact, that number leads the International League and would be second in all of Triple A once you include the Pacific Coast League.
How has Taylor improved:
Although his home run totals and average have dropped, there are signs that the 23-year-old speedster has certainly improved. Here’s a quote from Fangraphs’ preseason bio regarding Taylor:
“[Taylor] isn’t strong enough at present to replicate his 2021 [home run] numbers. In that context, his swing decisions loom as a big concern. He’s both passive and prone to swinging and missing.”
That begs the question, why was Fangraphs so harsh on Taylor?
Last season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, he posted a .294/.385/.503 slash line with 16 homers for a wRC+ of 141. Pretty great, right? However, Fangraphs was hinting at Taylor’s rather high K% of 29.4%. Even in 2019, it was still at a rather high 27.9%.
Just a daily reminder that the #BlueJays need to: CALL. TAYLOR. UP.
8-6 @BuffaloBisons #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/nYsW9HSyjb
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) April 30, 2022
While his offensive stats have taken a little bit of a dip, his K% has dropped to 20.97%. This is a huge drop against much tougher opponents, some of which have MLB experience.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation