Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor
30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Taylor saw action at four different positions plus designated hitter during the 2020 campaign and continued to provide plus defense. The 30-year-old entered the season in a downward trend, but he was a lineup fixture during the shortened slate and played in all but four games. Taylor rediscovered the form from his breakout 2016 season with a .270/.366/.476 slash line, eight home runs, 10 doubles, three stolen bases and 32 RBI in 56 games. He also posted the best walk rate (12.3%) of his career. He shouldn't be expected to replicate those numbers in 2021, but an improvement over his sub-.800 OPS from 2018-2019 is reasonable. The Dodgers may give youngster Gavin Lux a look at second base next season, but the potential departures of Justin Turner, Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez in free agency should leave Taylor plenty of opportunities as he enters the final year of his contract. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#225
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $13.4 million contract with the Dodgers in February of 2020.
Two hits, two runs
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 8, 2021
Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Oakland.
ANALYSIS
The utility player led off in the absence of Mookie Betts (back) and raised his average to .357 in 14 at-bats this season. His team's unrivaled depth will prevent Taylor from being an everyday player, but the career .264 hitter is a reliable option when starting and should see plenty of hittable pitches as opponents try to navigate through the star-studded Dodgers lineup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+47%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .833 229 25 9 34 3 .246 .351 .482
Since 2019vs Right .811 421 61 11 52 8 .276 .353 .458
2021vs Left 1.225 8 1 0 1 0 .400 .625 .600
2021vs Right .833 18 3 0 1 0 .250 .500 .333
2020vs Left .706 59 4 2 9 1 .204 .339 .367
2020vs Right .903 151 26 6 23 2 .295 .380 .523
2019vs Left .859 162 20 7 24 2 .255 .342 .518
2019vs Right .753 252 32 5 28 6 .267 .327 .427
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+336%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .915 314 45 13 50 6 .299 .376 .539
Since 2019Away .730 336 41 7 36 5 .235 .330 .399
2021Home .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2021Away 1.091 22 4 0 2 0 .357 .591 .500
2020Home 1.029 97 17 5 18 1 .337 .427 .602
2020Away .696 113 13 3 14 2 .214 .319 .378
2019Home .874 213 28 8 32 5 .286 .355 .519
2019Away .712 201 24 4 20 3 .238 .308 .403
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Stat Review
How does Chris Taylor compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
1.00
 
BB Rate
26.9%
 
K Rate
26.9%
 
BABIP
.500
 
ISO
.118
 
AVG
.294
 
OBP
.538
 
SLG
.412
 
OPS
.950
 
wOBA
.442
 
Exit Velocity
83.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
20.0%
 
Barrels/PA
9.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Taylor's 2019 was impacted by a broken arm from a hit-by-pitch that cost him a good chunk of the summer. Prior to that, Taylor was having a solid season with a .261/.334/.452 slash line with eight homers and 20 doubles in nearly 300 PA. He returned in late August and finished the year with similar ratios. A decline in homers and a rise in doubles point to balls not traveling as far, which is concerning given the baseball that was in play last season. Taylor's average exit velocity dropped more than three mph last season, putting him in the bottom seventh percentile overall in that area. He strikes out like a power hitter, but he isn't hitting much like one these days. He is eligible at three positions on draft day, but the statistical decline we've seen from Taylor since his 2017 breakout is beginning to get concerning. Overall, he is still an above-average offensive player, but backsliding.
August was a month Taylor would like to soon forget. The acquisitions of Manny Machado and Brian Dozier ate into his playing time. When on the field, Taylor posted a .185/.272/.321 line with a 35.9 K%. Perhaps there was cause and effect, but he did rebound the final month, slashing .345/.433/.586, albeit it with a 29.9 K%. In fact, over the final three months, Taylor fanned at a 34.1% clip, saved by a .379 BABIP in that span. Over the first three months he registered a 25.7 K% and .320 BABIP. For the season, Taylor’s 29.5 K% was up from 2017’s breakout campaign. His power and speed took a step back as his HR/FB dropped while his stolen-base chances and success rate both dipped. Taylor could return to everyday action, but it’s more likely he settles into a super-utility role as a plus defender at several positions. If Taylor gets regular playing time, his contact woes are a threat to take it away. The ceiling is enticing, but the floor says don’t overpay.
A retooled swing completely changed Taylor's career trajectory; he went from an also-ran utility type to an impact top-of-the-order hitter on a pennant-winning Dodgers club. Taylor worked with an outside consultant to change his bat path and reduce his number of groundballs, and in turn he added six percentage points to his hard-hit rate (to 32.4 percent) and upped his barrel rate from 3.1 barrels per plate appearance to 5.2. Taylor finished with a .361 wOBA and 126 wRC+ in 568 plate appearances, while falling three stolen bases shy of a 20-20 season. He also showed more patience, walking at an 8.8 percent clip, so even if his average falls (25 percent strikeout rate, .361 BABIP), Taylor will have a good chance to stick in the leadoff spot. The 27-year-old has multi-position eligibility and is part of a powerful lineup. This seems like just the beginning of his window of relevance.
Taylor, a former top prospect, was traded to the Dodgers at midseason after failing to carve out a major league role with the Mariners. In L.A., he saw some time backing up Corey Seager at shortstop while also filling in at second and third base. His time with the big league squad was limited though, so most of his production came during his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City where he hit an excellent .368/.438/.544. He still has value as a pre-arbitration player capable of fielding shortstop well, but that isn't exactly a profile with much fantasy appeal. Unfortunately for Taylor, the Dodgers also have Charlie Culberson in the organization, another right-handed hitter that can work as a utility infielder, so the two will likely have to duke it out in spring training for a roster spot.
A broken wrist last spring ended a competition with Brad Miller at shortstop, but when Taylor returned in early May the position was still his for the taking as the Mariners tired of Miller's fielding miscues. Taylor, though, looked baffled at the plate. He batted .159/.221/.206 in 20 games and was back in Triple-A by month's end. He got another chance in July, but again struggled, batting .194/.219/.258 in 17 games before a demotion for good. He fared much better in 83 games at Tacoma, but in the majors his contact rate dropped to 67 percent, his strikeout rose to 30.4% and he posted a poor 5.9% walk rate. Prospect Ketel Marte took over shortstop later in the year, all but ensuring the best Taylor can do in the Mariners' organization is a backup or utility role. Trouble is, Seattle acquired utility man Luis Sardinas in November and returns infielder/outfielder Shawn O'Malley. It's hard to see where Taylor fits, other than waiting in Triple-A for an injury to Marte.
Taylor made his major league debut last season, quickly displacing Brad Miller as the starting shortstop in Seattle. But while Taylor has a better glove than Miller, he doesn't appear to have near the potential with the bat. Taylor doesn't have the power to compensate for the high strikeout rate he carried through the minors. That got even worse after his late-July callup, as he posted a 25.8% strikeout rate in his 136 at-bats with a 73.4% contact rate. His on-base skills took a hit too, as his walk rate was a mere 7.3%. And his seemingly impressive .287 batting average was a product of a .402 BABIP. Of course, a two-month sample size isn't definitive, but Taylor needs to cut his strikeouts and show the patience at the plate he displayed in the minors if he wants to win the starting job over Miller in spring training.
This could prove to be a pivotal year for Taylor, who likely will open at Triple-A Tacoma hoping to show his ceiling is higher than the all-glove utility man he has been pegged as. A 2012 fifth-round pick out of the University of Virginia, Taylor showed excellent patience at the plate last season, drawing 84 walks in 134 games across two minor league stops. At 6-0, 170, he doesn't have the build for much power, which makes his high strikeout rate a problem. He hit well in the Arizona Fall League, but if he is to take the next step, he must make more contact. Taylor has good speed and is excellent on the bases, succeeding on 38-of-43 stolen base attempts last season. In the field, his range at shortstop is described as average to above average depending on the scout, but he has a strong arm and can play second base, too. The Mariners have a backlog of middle infielders, but Taylor will have a chance to prove that he too belongs in the conversation.
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Rejoins lineup
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
April 7, 2021
Taylor (elbow) is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game in Oakland, starting in center field and batting leadoff.
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Sitting day after HBP
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
April 6, 2021
Taylor (elbow) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the A's, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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X-rays reveal no damage
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
April 6, 2021
X-rays on Taylor's left elbow came back clean after he was hit by a pitch in the third inning of Monday's 10-3 win over the Athletics, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Diagnosed with bruised elbow
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
April 5, 2021
Taylor left Monday's game against Oakland due to a left elbow contusion, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
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Lifted after HBP
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Elbow
April 5, 2021
Taylor left Monday's game against the Athletics after being struck by a pitch on his left elbow, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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