Chris Taylor Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 196 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/29/1990 (31)
Chris Taylor Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Chris Taylor News
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/infielder Chris Taylor will be looking forward to the calendar turning over to June as much as any player. In May, Taylor put up a slash line of .229/.321/.448 in 96 at-bats with four home runs, 13 RBI and 37 strikeouts (40.2% strikeout rate). While Taylor is doing a good job of not chasing pitches (89th percentile in chase rate) and barreling balls (78th percentile in barrel rate), the veteran is not doing enough in terms of putting balls in play. Taylor ranks in the first percentile in whiff rate, the third percentile in strikeout rate and the 11th percentile in xBA. For the Dodgers to get back to the World Series in October, Taylor will need to find a way to put the ball in play more and stop striking out at the rate that he is currently at. Taylor should be looked at as a bench player in standard leagues currently.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith (chest) and outfielder Chris Taylor (knee) are both back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taylor sat out on Tuesday after fouling a ball off his knee during Monday's game. Smith, meanwhile, missed each of the last two games due to a minor right pectoral injury. Taylor is off to a rough start to May as he's struck out 14 times across 24 at-bats, slashing just .167/.231/.208 along the way. Smith has similarly struggled through the first third of the month as he's gone just 3-for-18 at the plate with no extra-base hits.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/infielder Chris Taylor (knee) is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taylor fouled a ball off his left knee on Tuesday and was diagnosed with a bone bruise, so he'll take the day to rest up. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day after X-rays came back negative. Gavin Lux will draw the start in left field and hit eighth on Tuesday against Pirates right-hander Bryse Wilson. Taylor has a .256 batting average with one home run, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and two stolen bases in his first 25 games of the season. Lux, meanwhile, is hitting .261 with a homer, six RBI and two steals in 69 at-bats, but he carries minimal DFS upside while hitting in the eight-hole.
The Dodgers' utility man had another productive season in 2021, hitting 20 homers with 13 steals and a .254/.344/.438 slash line in 582 plate appearances. That inspired enough confidence for the Dodgers to quickly re-sign him as a free agent, and he will figure to play another very prominent role for this team as Corey Seager departs to Texas. For fantasy purposes, he wasn't great in anything besides runs scored (92, but 76 of those were before the August addition of Trea Turner). Over the last two months of the season, Taylor hit just .187/.263/.293 with 16 runs, three homers, and three steals. His final season line seems like a pretty good indicator of what to expect in 2022, which is a mediocre fantasy player. There is a chance he could find himself at the top of the lineup once again now with Seager gone and some other question marks still being sorted out, which would be a big plus but it's not very likely happen from where we sit right now. With all this said, Taylor's ADP of 146 seems too high given that he's pedestrian in both the homers and steals categories. The batting average is also up in the air as he struck out a high clip of 29% in 2021. At this price, it would be best to leave Taylor for someone else in your league to pick up.