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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are calling up infielder Chris Taylor.

Taylor, a fifth-round pick in 2012, owns a promising .328/.397/.497 batting line with five home runs and 14 stolen bases in 75 games this season at Triple-A Tacoma. The 23-year-old shortstop prospect probably isn't being promoted to sit on the bench, so this could mean a significant drop in playing time for the struggling Brad Miller. Taylor is worth a look in deep mixed leagues.

Miller to the bench?

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http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=chris-taylor-6

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are calling up infielder Chris Taylor.

Taylor, a fifth-round pick in 2012, owns a promising .328/.397/.497 batting line with five home runs and 14 stolen bases in 75 games this season at Triple-A Tacoma. The 23-year-old shortstop prospect probably isn't being promoted to sit on the bench, so this could mean a significant drop in playing time for the struggling Brad Miller. Taylor is worth a look in deep mixed leagues.

Miller to the bench?

minor league numbers..

http://www.thebaseba...=chris-taylor-6

Or Miller on the trade block maybe. We heard Nick Franklin may be traded but maybe Miller goes instead.

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Could be a useful MI, depending on where he bats in the lineup. He profiles as a table-setter near the top. Not much pop, but can get on base and steal a bag. I'm thinking at his peak he could be similar to Matt Carpenter, only with wheels. Right now, though, he'll probably be closer to Tommy La Stella, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Saw him in person a few times. Pretty good approach. Loves to go oppo.

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I've been waiting for Seattle to call him up, I think he's one of the more underrated prospects in the minors. But do we know for sure that he's taking over for Miller, or is this just a temporary move to replace Willie Bloomquist, who just hit the DL, as the back up infielder?

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^ I don't know if he's taking over for Miller but he's in tonites lineup and batting 9th

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Let's all remember guys. This is a Seattle Mariners hitting prospect. A.K.A. the kiss of death unless you are named Kyle Seager.

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He's going to start against southpaws while he's up, and Miller will start against righties mostly. Zduriencik went on the record to say it was a competition, so Taylor could earn more playing time by not sucking (and if Miller continues to bomb). Miller has more upside, but Taylor is an interesting guy for deeper leagues.

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He's going to start against southpaws while he's up, and Miller will start against righties mostly. Zduriencik went on the record to say it was a competition, so Taylor could earn more playing time by not sucking (and if Miller continues to bomb). Miller has more upside, but Taylor is an interesting guy for deeper leagues.

I love the idea of competitions. Make these young Mariners finally accountable rather then throwing Smoak out there for .220 avg .700 OPS's of GARBAGE for 2,000 AB's. <_<

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He's going to start against southpaws while he's up, and Miller will start against righties mostly. Zduriencik went on the record to say it was a competition, so Taylor could earn more playing time by not sucking (and if Miller continues to bomb). Miller has more upside, but Taylor is an interesting guy for deeper leagues.

I love the idea of competitions. Make these young Mariners finally accountable rather then throwing Smoak out there for .220 avg .700 OPS's of GARBAGE for 2,000 AB's. <_<

He's going to start against southpaws while he's up, and Miller will start against righties mostly. Zduriencik went on the record to say it was a competition, so Taylor could earn more playing time by not sucking (and if Miller continues to bomb). Miller has more upside, but Taylor is an interesting guy for deeper leagues.

I love the idea of competitions. Make these young Mariners finally accountable rather then throwing Smoak out there for .220 avg .700 OPS's of GARBAGE for 2,000 AB's. <_<

A .700 OPS at shortstop would be glorious at this point. But yes, I agree with the sentiment. Make these guys feel accountable and challenge them to work on their craft and improve at the highest level possible for them. Miller has fallen off the same cliff that Ackley and Franklin did -- the inability to adjust. It would be nice to see one of these guys finally reverse course and start improving again (I've already given up on Ackley, but maybe there's hope for Franklin or Miller). I hope like heck that Taylor pushes Miller and that they both earn more playing time.

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Why do they call this kid up to be on the wrong side of a platoon? He should be getting every day at bats, in the majors or in AAA.

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Why do they call this kid up to be on the wrong side of a platoon? He should be getting every day at bats, in the majors or in AAA.

The official phrase now is The Mookie Treatment

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Why do they call this kid up to be on the wrong side of a platoon? He should be getting every day at bats, in the majors or in AAA.

Teams trying to make the playoffs are much more concerned with putting the optimal lineup out each day than delaying a rookies development by a few games.

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Why do they call this kid up to be on the wrong side of a platoon? He should be getting every day at bats, in the majors or in AAA.

Teams trying to make the playoffs are much more concerned with putting the optimal lineup out each day than delaying a rookies development by a few games.

Brad Miller and optimal don't go hand in hand. For all we know Taylor may be much better than Miller, but we won't know as long as he gets the Mookie Treatment.

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Why do they call this kid up to be on the wrong side of a platoon? He should be getting every day at bats, in the majors or in AAA.

Teams trying to make the playoffs are much more concerned with putting the optimal lineup out each day than delaying a rookies development by a few games.

Brad Miller and optimal don't go hand in hand. For all we know Taylor may be much better than Miller, but we won't know as long as he gets the Mookie Treatment.

Giving up on miller already? Strong overreaction. Hes less than a year older than taylor and was a far superior hitter in the minors. Both have upside and both have downside. Might as well try to win games with the platoon advantage.

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Why do they call this kid up to be on the wrong side of a platoon? He should be getting every day at bats, in the majors or in AAA.

Teams trying to make the playoffs are much more concerned with putting the optimal lineup out each day than delaying a rookies development by a few games.

Brad Miller and optimal don't go hand in hand. For all we know Taylor may be much better than Miller, but we won't know as long as he gets the Mookie Treatment.

Giving up on miller already? Strong overreaction.

Your response is the strong overreaction. Never said I'm giving up on Miller, so don't twist words. I own the guy in my keeper league. But he's hitting .204. When you say "optimal lineup", you're assuming Miller is the better player at the moment. What I'm saying is, how the hell does anyone know if Taylor wouldn't give them their "optimal lineup" if he isn't given a chance? Believe me, I still have faith Miller will turn it around, maybe not this year, but at some point. He's hit extremely well at every level.

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Why do they call this kid up to be on the wrong side of a platoon? He should be getting every day at bats, in the majors or in AAA.

Teams trying to make the playoffs are much more concerned with putting the optimal lineup out each day than delaying a rookies development by a few games.

Brad Miller and optimal don't go hand in hand. For all we know Taylor may be much better than Miller, but we won't know as long as he gets the Mookie Treatment.

Giving up on miller already? Strong overreaction.

Your response is the strong overreaction. Never said I'm giving up on Miller, so don't twist words. I own the guy in my keeper league. But he's hitting .204. When you say "optimal lineup", you're assuming Miller is the better player at the moment. What I'm saying is, how the hell does anyone know if Taylor wouldn't give them their "optimal lineup" if he isn't given a chance? Believe me, I still have faith Miller will turn it around, maybe not this year, but at some point. He's hit extremely well at every level.

And maybe miller will turn it around this year, but they'll lose too many games giving taylor the chance and miss the playoffs. There's risk with any choice. You ask how they know a platoon is optimal without giving taylor the chance? Well how do they know a platoon is optimal without giving a platoon the chance? You have two opposite handed hitters and Miller's splits haven't been that bad. Seems logical to me.

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Started today against the right handed starting pitcher. 2-4 so far with an rbi double and a single.

Wish his playing time was more consistent, so fantasy players who are in desperate need of a SS can just plug him in.

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I figure any SS the Mariners bring up is worth a speculative add. I mean what could go wrong in a dynasty. They have such a good track record developing prospects. :D

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Started today against the right handed starting pitcher. 2-4 so far with an rbi double and a single.

Wish his playing time was more consistent, so fantasy players who are in desperate need of a SS can just plug him in.

The only blemish being the rushed throw to 2nd later in the game that pulled Cano off the bag and allowed the go ahead run to score. That being said I hope he gets the majority of ABs going forward.

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Batting 2nd tonight. Let's hope he takes advantage. Sure beats batting 9th.

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Hitting .400 through 45 ab's. Miller will be plucking splinters from his @ss for a while.

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is he good for anything other than avg?

Right now, hitting 8th and 9th, not really. He sprinkled in some HR and SB in the minors but it hasn't manifested itself yet. So basically, you can really only hope for RUNS upside if he moves up in the batting order. It would be nice if they switched him with Dustin Ackley and his .255 avg in the 2-hole in front of Cano, but I doubt that happens.

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