Shortstop Chris Taylor Promoted, Willie Bloomquist To DL
By Dan Shearer
Great news Mariners fans, a trade took place! Finally some movement!
After the Kendrys Morales trade we have seen a bit of a ripple effect take place on the roster. Shortstop Chris Taylor has been promoted and DH/1B Jesus Montero has been recalled.
Chris Taylor was promoted for the first time after utility man Willie Bloomquist was injured in yesterday’s loss to the Mets.
The 23 year old shortstop was a 5th round pick in the 2012 draft from the University of Virginia. Taylor worked his way up through the M’s system and has been absolutely tearing it up in Tacoma this year.
Taylor has amassed 99 hits and 37 RBIs with a .328 batting average. Taylor has also has 16 stolen bases and 35 walks.
This is the first time Taylor has been called up in his short career but not the first time the M’s wanted to do it.
Taylor was rumored to be called up when Brad Miller was going through his horrible slump a couple of months back but that got nixed when Taylor’s hand injury landed him on the disabled list.
Jason Churchill of Propect Insider had this to say of Chris Taylor when scouting him before his start in Tacoma this year:
"Taylor is an all-glove shortstop who is doing a great job at shoving that label up the backsides of clubs who passed on him for that reason. The hands and feet are terrific and Taylor’s arm strength grades out in average to above-average range, suggesting he’s at least a utility candidate in the majors."
Lets hope his defense and bat can provide an immediate impact in a positive way. The M’s could use help at the bottom of the lineup.