A pair of large outfield prospects, Michael Taylor (6’6”, 250) and Dominic Brown (6’5”, 210) are honing their craft in the Hawaiian Winter League. Could the talented duo loom in left and right in the not so distant future?
Taylor, a Stanford product who bats from the right side, made great strides this season at the single-A level, bulldozing his way to the top of the prospect charts. After mastering the Sally League, he spent the second half of ’08 in Clearwater, and after a slow start, had a blazingly good July and August. Between Lakewood and Clearwater, the soon-to-be 23-year-old posted a .346/.412/.557 line with 19 homers, 88 RBIs and 15 steals, along with a very agreeable 89/50 K/BB ratio. In 92 plate appearances, Taylor’s hitting .244/.333/.415 with a pair of homers with the Sharks.
Brown, who just turned 21, is third in the Hawaiian league in OPS (.957), following a sound season with Low-A Lakewood. Still developing, and with plenty of time to add strength, Brown, who bats from the left side and has been compared at least once to Darryl Strawberry, hit .291/.382/.417 with nine homers and 22 stolen bases, and yes, another encouraging 72/64 K/BB ratio with the Blueclaws.
Beerleaguer: The golden rule on Beerleaguer is not to judge a book by its cover, but I’m throwing it out the window based on measurements alone. Hell yeah, man. That's what I'm talking about. Big, young corners with tools, upside, and the best part of all, terrific plate discipline. It’s an encouraging situation. Double-A Reading, which awaits in 2009 for Taylor at least, will serve as the proving ground.