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Outfielder's Ascension is Taylor-Made


Kyle Ginsbach

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There have been some frustrating stretches for the Brewers offense thus far in 2022, and no one has been affected more than the outfield core. Hunter Renfroe got off to a slow start before heating up (then landing on the IL), while both Christain Yelich and Andrew Mcuthchen have cooled over the past weeks, all while veteran Lorenzo Cain has yet to find his groove at all. Then there’s Tyrone Taylor. He certainly hasn’t been immune to struggles in 2022, but when his name has been consistently etched into Craig Counsell's lineup, Taylor has started to put up consistent results.

Tyrone Taylor’s rise has happened faster than most fans might think. Ever since his call up in September of 2019, Taylor’s only logged 168 games, just over a season total of 162. The Brewers have always liked his tools, like his lightning quick hands at the plate, his raw power to left field, and general quickness in the outfield, but they've always found it difficult to save Taylor a slot in the lineup. This year, that problem is slowly beginning to fade. 

On a surface level, Taylor has been solid, but not great. He’s slashing .242/.294/.455 with a OPS+ of 108. This can be attributed to his first month of season, where he only posted 73 plate appearances in his time in-and-out of the lineup, and only ended up hitting a measly .195 without a homerun, and only a single walk. However, with Andrew Mcuthechen and Hunter Renfroe missing time, Tyrone has seen more consistent playing time in May where he's hit .264 with 6 round-trippers, and a WRC+ of 128. 

With all the Talent Tyrone possess, there's one key to his success that he has, and needs to continue to improve on. The Whiff, or as it's more commonly known as: the "swing and miss." Taylor's always been a free swinger, and this years its been no different. His chase rate remains in the lower third of the MLB, however, Taylor remains in the upper half in terms of K% and Whiff%. So long as Taylor remains diligent, and is able to put the ball in play, good things will continue to happen. 

Offensively, it might be a long season for the MLB, Brewers included. If Milwaukee is looking for someone to lean on it a tight spot, it would being doing an injustice not to throw Taylor's name in the pot.

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