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White Sox acquire former top prospect Michael Taylor

Jun 14, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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Michael Taylor has gone from top-30 prospect to footnote. The Athletics announced this afternoon that they have traded Taylor to the White Sox in exchange for minor league right-hander Jake Sanchez.

Taylor posted impressive numbers as a farmhand with the Phillies before being shipped to the Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay deal in December of 2009. He was quickly traded to the Athletics for Brett Wallace in a high-profile deal of top prospects, but both of them have proven to be flops. Taylor’s power never developed as hoped and he has hit just .135/.210/.189 with a 26/7 K/BB ratio over 81 plate appearances in the majors. Now 28 years old, he’ll likely function as outfield depth with Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte.

Sanchez owns a 2.80 ERA over 38 starts and seven relief appearances in the minors. The 24-year-old has yet to pitch above A-ball.

  1. jkaflagg - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Always wanted to see this guy get a shot…..looks like a player, but the fact that several teams gave up on him (as several did with Wallace) would indicate there’s some significant flaws with his game…..perhaps the change of scenery will help, as he seemed to stagnate in the Oakland system…..

    • madskilz48 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      The batting coach from the As is now with the Sox. He may feel the kid can be saved so it could be interesting. I would be more then glad to get a true outfielder in left who can catch the ball.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    If the A’s give up on a young player… stay away from them…

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    The Jays actually wanted Gose rather than Taylor in the Halladay trade. As noted, they traded Taylor for Wallace and then traded Wallace for Gose.

  4. whmiv21 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    It’s a real shame that this guy has never gotten a real opportunity at the MLB level. A change of scenery is probably for the best.

  5. rje49 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Maybe they should try former top prospect Brien Taylor too.

  6. scatterbrian - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    When Oakland trades a former top prospect who couldn’t/didn’t make it out of AAA for a 24-year-old pitcher who hasn’t pitched above A ball, we should probably focus on the pitcher. At the rate they’re going, he’s either going to be the A’s third best starter or pitching high leverage innings out of their pen a year from now….

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