River Cats' Taylor waiting for another chance to shine

July 2, 2012, 4:59 pm
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SACRAMENTO -- River Cats outfielder Michael Taylor is one of the most consistent hitters in the A's organization. The six-foot-five, former Stanford standout, is leading Sacramento with a .298 batting average, and a .408 on-base percentage. He's second on the team with a .422 slugging percentage, and 35 RBI."Mike is a hitter, he uses the whole field, he is not afraid to hit with two strikes," River Cats manager Darren Bush said. "He picked up right where he left off last year. I think the second half of last season he was on fire. He's been the same ever since. He's doing a great job."Taylor has played 15 games with Oakland over the past two seasons. He batted .196, with one home run, a double, and one RBI in two short stints with the A's. He could benefit from an extended look at the big league level, but the A's outfield is crowded. For now, he is waiting for another call-up and putting in work in Triple-A."Michael has been outstanding the whole year," River Cats hitting coach Greg Sparks said. "He has really hit the ball well, he stays solid throughout the season."The right-handed hitter was acquired by the A's in exchange for Brett Wallace as part of the three-team trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies. When the Oakland organization acquired him, they picked up a talented ballplayer and a solid all-around individual -- as you'll find out in this interview.