Commentary

Michael Taylor living up to potential

Updated: May 1, 2009, 10:42 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Looks like we can call last year's breakout the real deal

Michael Taylor, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading)
Thursday's stats: 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (3), 5 RBI
After three disappointing years at Stanford, Taylor got away from the single-plane "Stanford swing" in 2008 and suddenly delivered a .346/.412/.557 season while suddenly looking like the player who in high school was one of the best tools guys in the country. A monster athlete at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Taylor is batting .424 during a current seven-game hitting streak and .338/.389/.569 overall for the season. The scary part? Some think he's just starting to tap into his potential.

The mountain air is good for you

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs)
Thursday's stats: 5-for-6, 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, SB
Somehow, he seems older than 23. Once one of the top prospects in the Arizona system, Gonzalez fizzled a bit in the upper levels of the minors before going to Oakland in the Dan Haren trade. Whispers about his effort level abounded, and many thought the change of scenery would do him well. After getting a legitimate big league shot last year and doing nothing with it, he went to Colorado, and once again, talk was of how this might finally be the wake-up call. It's hard to say if he's awake yet, but he has 17 RBIs in his past six games. Too bad that the second he was traded, he ended up behind Dexter Fowler on the Rockies' depth chart.

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