21-Year-Old Outfielder – St. Louis Cardinals
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Taveras saw his 2013 dramatically altered by a nagging ankle injury, an ailment that eventually ended his season after just 188 plate appearances in the minor leagues. A healthy season for Taveras pro...
Taveras (ankle) went 1-for-3 in his spring training debut, showing no problems with his ankle. "I felt good coming out of the box," he said afterward. "When I hit the double, I felt good and had no pain turning around the bases."
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2014 Projected Stats Breakdown for Oscar Taveras
2014 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)
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St. Louis Cardinals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAButler, Keith (P)
AACooney, Tim (P)
A+Garcia, Anthony (OF)
ABlair, Seth (P)
RookieBean, Steve (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Taveras was already the top hitting prospect in the St. Louis system when he hit a blistering .386 for Low-A Quad Cities in 2011, but he was even more impressive in 2012 when he played all season with Double-A Springfield. With 67 extra-base hits, 10 steals, and a .321 batting average, the 20-year-old Taveras already looks like a complete player. Even better, his strikeout rate improved significantly in 2012 (8.5 AB/K in 2012, 5.9 AB/K in 2011). While he may not win a spot in the spring, he should find himself in St. Louis - possibly for good – as early as 2013. Buy him before it's too late.
After a blistering campaign with rookie-league Johnson City in 2010, Taveras topped himself in Quad Cities last year, establishing himself as the top hitting prospect in the St. Louis system. He hit an unreal .386 with 40 extra-base hits in 308 at-bats, but that was partially fueled by a .440 BABIP. The low at-bat total is a little disturbing - he suffered a few hamstring injuries last year - but to hit like he has at age 19 bodes well for his future. He could advance rapidly, especially if his batting eye keeps improving.