An A’s-Mariners series in September wouldn’t seem to rate much excitement, but there’s some buzz at the Coliseum tonight with the major league debut of A’s outfielder Michael Taylor. He was called up today and will start in right field. Taylor has been talked about so much since he was acquired from Toronto before the 2010 season, and now A’s fans finally get to see him in a major league game that counts.
He held court with reporters before the game and, not surprisingly, handled himself very well. He’s one of the more polished A’s players, young or old, when it comes to handling the media. He found out about his promotion after last night’s game with Triple-A Sacramento. “I didn’t know what to do,” Taylor, 25 said. “I had this stupid, glazed smile on my face. I had it walking in today. I can’t get rid of it.”
Taylor comes with lots of hype attached. He’s listed at 6-foot-5, 256 pounds and is considered a multi-tool talent. But he didn’t exactly blaze his way to the big leagues, taking almost two full seasons in Triple-A before getting his first call-up. The knock on him is that he doesn’t generate enough power for his size. He does have 16 homers this season, and that’s up from six last season. There’s no getting around it – Taylor is a direct link to the Matt Holliday trade. The A’s dealt Holliday to get a package that included Brett Wallace, and Wallace was in turn traded for Taylor. So Taylor’s career path dictates how successful that whole chain of events was regarding Holliday and his tenure in an Oakland uniform.
–In other news, the A’s called up reliever Andrew Carignan (making his major league debut) and infielder Adam Rosales, who could spot Brandon Allen occasionally at first base. Reliever Michael Wuertz was also activated from the DL.
A’s: Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, Sizemore 3B, Allen 1B, Pennington SS, Suzuki C, Taylor RF; Moscoso RHP.
Mariners: Ichiro RF, Gutierrez CF, Ackley 2B, Carp 1B, Smoak DH, Olivo C, Seager 3B, Wells LF, Ryan SS; Vargas LHP.