Michael Anthony Taylor, born March 26, 1991, is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Kansas City Royals. He is 6 feet 4 inches tall.
Taylor was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2009 MLB draft, and he made his MLB debut in 2014.
Taylor was chosen as a shortstop out of Westminster Academy in the sixth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the Washington Nationals. He declined a scholarship offer from the University of North Florida in order to play for the Nationals.
Taylor did not play in the minor leagues in 2009, but he was a versatile infielder for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2010, making 21 errors across three positions: shortstop, second baseman, and third baseman. He batted.195 and hit one home run in 38 games.
Taylor was called up by the Nationals on August 10 after Steven Souza was placed on the 15-day injured list. On August 12, he made his Major League debut in Citi Field against the New York Mets, recording his first major league hit, a single-off pitcher Rafael Montero.
Taylor agreed to terms with the Kansas City Royals on a one-year, $1.75 million contract on November 30, 2020. Taylor signed a two-year, $9 million contract extension on September 29, 2021.