I've been hearing more and more about Michael Taylor the last few weeks. It's been especially prevalent in the idea of trading Aaron Harang or Bronson Arroyo to the Phillies if the Reds fall out of the race.
My question is: where did the buzz come from? I've seen his stat line, and clearly he's hitting. It seems, though, you don't usually see that kind of hype for a 24-year old in Double-A. I am not at all saying he's not worth the buzz, I'm just surprised at it's unusual and it's just all of the sudden been surfacing.
His line at Reading (.339/.398/.613/1.011) is impressive. I'm more impressed by the 0.71 BB/K ratio. He's got a .445 wOBA and a .332 GPA. Even making the jump from Double-A to Philadelphia, his MLE's project to a very solid .284/.331/.489/.820. That's a respectable .271 GPA.
His numbers pass the smell test. However, beyond being from Stanford, what's the book on this guy?