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Is Michael Taylor an everyday player?

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 19, 2021

Anne Rogers highlights some Royals prospects that forced their way onto the radar.

1B Vinnie Pasquantino

The 24-year-old slugger saw his numbers rise in his second professional season in 2021, two years after he was drafted in the 11th round out of Old Dominion. Pasquantino, who entered the Royals’ Top 30 prospect list at No. 17 this year, posted a .957 OPS and hit 24 home runs across 61 games at High-A Quad Cities and 55 at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He has a powerful left-handed swing, but what really stands out is his plate discipline. He had an 11 percent strikeout rate at Double-A, down from 16.1 percent in 2019 and 13.8 percent at High-A this year.

Plus, the Royals love Pasquantino’s leadership and the way he has commanded every clubhouse he’s called home. If he continues to improve, he’ll be a valuable depth piece for the Royals next season.

Jordan Foote at Inside the Royals questions whether Michael Taylor is still an everyday player.

A lack of center field depth within the Royals organization may render the team with little choice but to play Taylor on a daily basis next season. Edward Olivares can’t handle that spot, Kyle Isbel may not get the chance to and no one else currently on the roster should be playing there. FanGraphs’ value metric says Taylor was worth $15M in 2021, which would make his $4.5M average annual value over the next two years look silly. The money isn’t an issue here — if the Royals find an offensive upgrade over Taylor via free agency or a trade, his contract won’t prohibit them from moving him to more of a fourth outfielder role.

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