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MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 12: Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets throws out a runner at first base against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 12, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 12: Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets throws out a runner at first base against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 12, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 10: Center fielder Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers crashes into the wall after making a leaping catch on a ball hit by Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor (26 years old at time of switch, 6’1″ 196 lbs)

Transactions from Baseball-Reference: June 5, 2012: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th round of the 2012 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 2012.

June 19, 2016: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Los Angeles Dodgers for [Mets minor leaguer] Zach Lee.

Taylor was moved from the infield to play some CF and LF in 2017 by the Dodgers at the age of 26. Taylor has developed from a utility IF for the Mariners to become a utility player who primarily plays SS, 2B, LF, and CF, and is slightly better in the IF than the OF, but certainly passable in CF and LF.

Here is the link to Taylor’s Fangraphs Fielding page. Please scroll down to Inside Edge Fielding section.

His situation does not really compare with Amed Rosario’s, as Taylor has been moved around to take advantage of his multi-positional abilities rather than struggling at SS.

Although it is possible that Rosario will end up being a super-utility player if he does not succeed both offensively–he needs to improve his on-base and base-stealing skills, and continue to improve his power/contact)–and defensively in CF.

Taylor’s situation was certainly different than Rosario’s. He is someone the Dodgers better molded into becoming a big-league contributor. With a little more permanency out in center field and appearances elsewhere as needed, he is now a more versatile defender they can call upon for a variety of situations.

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