Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor
28-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Los Angeles Dodgers
10-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 8/13/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks
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Forearm
July 15, 2019
Taylor is dealing with a non-displaced fracture on the outside of his forearm and is expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Taylor's timetable certainly isn't set in stone at this point, though 4-to-6 weeks is the general timetable for his injury, per Plunkett. He'd be on track to return in mid-to-late August if the timeframe holds true.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
7
23
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
1
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9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .818 488 75 17 47 11 .263 .343 .476
Since 2017vs Right .801 982 128 29 129 22 .271 .339 .461
2019vs Left .908 123 15 6 20 2 .274 .361 .547
2019vs Right .703 175 18 2 21 5 .252 .316 .387
2018vs Left .754 214 32 7 18 5 .232 .327 .427
2018vs Right .786 390 53 10 45 4 .265 .333 .453
2017vs Left .837 151 28 4 9 4 .297 .351 .486
2017vs Right .855 417 57 17 63 13 .285 .355 .500
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .788 726 88 22 75 15 .254 .333 .455
Since 2017Away .825 744 115 24 101 18 .283 .348 .477
2019Home .867 160 18 5 25 4 .287 .367 .500
2019Away .697 138 15 3 16 3 .232 .297 .400
2018Home .818 294 37 10 25 4 .253 .347 .471
2018Away .735 310 48 7 38 5 .254 .316 .419
2017Home .711 272 33 7 25 7 .237 .298 .414
2017Away .979 296 52 14 47 10 .336 .405 .574
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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 this season's data (min 200 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
0.36
 
BB Rate
9.7%
 
K Rate
27.2%
 
BABIP
.341
 
ISO
.192
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.334
 
SLG
.452
 
OPS
.787
 
wOBA
.340
 
Exit Velocity
85.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.6%
 
Barrels/PA
2.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Heads to IL
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
Forearm
July 15, 2019
Taylor was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday due to a fractured left forearm, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Set for another X-ray
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
Wrist
July 15, 2019
Taylor will undergo another X-ray on his left wrist Monday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Suffers wrist injury
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
Wrist
July 14, 2019
Taylor was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Red Sox after being hit by a pitch on his left wrist, though his X-rays returned negative, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Back in action
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
July 3, 2019
Taylor (illness) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Recovering from illness
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
Illness
July 3, 2019
Manager Dave Roberts said after Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks that Taylor was withheld from the lineup due to an illness and general fatigue, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
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