Christopher Armand Taylor
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- School University of Virginia
- High School Frank W. Cox High School
- Debut July 24, 2014
Shortstop Chris Taylor began playing in the Seattle Mariners minor league system in 2012 and made his major league debut with them in 2014. He was drafted by the club in the 5th round of the 2012 amateur draft.
He hit .322/.417/.432 with 59 hits and 17 stolen bases in 49 games between the Everett AquaSox and Clinton LumberKings. He split 2013 evenly between the High Desert Mavericks and Jackson Generals, hitting a combined .314/.409/.455 with 108 runs, 11 triples, 38 stolen bases and 84 walks in 134 games. Due to his performance with High Desert (.335/.426/.524, 20 SB), he was named a California League Mid-Season All-Star. Following the season, he was named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star. He began 2014 with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers and made his debut with the Mariners later in the season, on July 24th. he hit .287 in 47 games while playing exclusively at shortstop. In 2015, however, he tailed off to a .170 average in 37 games and was back in the minor leagues for the bulk of the season
On June 19, 2016, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for P Zach Lee. He was hitting .312 for Tacoma at the time of the trade but had only played 2 games for Seattle, going 1 for 3. He played 34 games for L.A. after the trade, hitting .207 with 1 homer - his first in the majors - and 7 RBI. He was left off the postseason roster. He made a much more important contribution to the team in 2017, however, playing almost every day as a utility player, making starts in left field, in center field and at second base on a regular basis, and occasionally at third base and shortstop. He got particularly hot after the All-Star break, going 23 for 44 (.523) in his first 10 games, coinciding with a stretch during which the Dodgers were nearly unbeatable; his torrid streak included four consecutive multi-hit games. He hit .288 on the year, with 21 homers and 72 RBIs. He was the MVP of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs when he went 6 for 19 with a double, a triple and 2 homers. In the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros, he was 6 for 27 (.222) with 2 doubles and a homer as the Dodgers went down in a hard-fought series that went to the limit.
In 2018, he played another 155 games, playing at shortstop for half of the team's games as Corey Seager went down in April with a season-ending injury. But he also saw significant time in center field and left field and at second base, as manager Dave Roberts liked to shuffle his line-ups constantly. He hit .254 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs, also scoring 85 runs for the second straight year; he led the National League with 178 strikeouts, a surprising stat given he was not a pure power hitter, and strikeout numbers were through the roof around major league baseball. The Dodgers once again made a deep postseason run and while he had only 3 at-bats in their win over the Atlanta Braves in the Division Series, he had a great NLCS for the second straight year, hitting .364 as the Dodgers went to the limit of seven games before disposing of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was shut down in their World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox, however, going just 2 for 14 as Los Angeles lost the Fall Classic for the second straight year, this time in five games.
With Roberts using a more stable line-up in 2019, which saw less back-and-forth of players between the infield and outfield, Taylor saw mostly action at shortstop and second base, but still played practically every day. In 88 games before the All-Star break, he hit .269 with 8 homers and 41 RBIs. On July 15th, however, he was placed on the injured list with a fracture in his left forearm, the result of having been hit by a pitch from Heath Hembree of the Red Sox the night before. He returned on August 20th, having missed over a month and ended up at .262 in 124 games, with 29 doubles and 12 homers, both scoring an driving in 52 runs. He went 1 for 8 as the Dodgers were upset by the Washington Nationals in the Division Series. On August 5, 2020, he made the highlight reels for a fabulous play in left field, as with the Dodgers nursing a 7-6 lead with one out and two men on base in the bottom of the 9th against the San Diego Padres, he made a great catch on a line drive by Manny Machado, then fired an absolute bullet to C Will Smith to nail Trent Grisham at home plate for a game-ending double play. His one-hop throw was measured at 93.3 mph by Statcast.
- 2017 NLCS MVP
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2017)
- Won one World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020