Michael Taylor retires from baseball at age 29

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Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has the story …

White Sox outfielder and former top prospect Michael Taylor has retired from baseball, the team announced Tuesday.

Taylor, acquired by the White Sox from the Oakland A’s last summer, was rated as the No. 20 prospect in baseball in 2010 by Baseball Prospectus and 29th by Baseball America. Taylor, 29, made the decision late Monday, a team official said.

Taylor logged 3,765 plate appearances in the minor leagues but only 114 plate appearances in the majors. He was an impressive .290/.374/.465 hitter on the farm, but Taylor batted just .167/.254/.216 in parts of four big-league seasons with the Athletics and White Sox.