Leody Taveras
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Taveras' season may have provided one of the best offseason buying opportunities on the dynasty landscape. He was a slightly below average hitter (96 wRC+) in the Sally League and showed very little power (.111 ISO). There's nothing about his season that will lead his owner to declare him untouchable. However, an 18-year-old who is a lock to stay in center field, should hold plus speed into his late 20s and posted a 92:47 K:BB in 577 plate appearances against full-season pitching is a player worth cherishing in dynasty leagues. An extremely projectable 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Taveras shows athletic, fluid motions and should grow into double-digit homer power. A realistic floor for Taveras is Ender Inciarte, while a realistic ceiling is the good version of Starling Marte. His value in the marketplace is reminiscent of Amed Rosario after the 2015 season. He won't come dirt cheap, but Taveras could finish 2018 as a top-10 prospect. This might be the last chance to get in at an affordable price. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Rangers for $2.1 million in July 2015.
Trying season at High-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
July 15, 2018
Taveras has six hits in his last 46 at-bats and is slashing .239/.312/.319 for High-A Down East, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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The 19-year-old Taveras had held his own at the advanced-for-his-age level over the first six weeks of the season, but he has fallen off since. His bat is a major question, and that's what's prompted one National League scout to lower his grade on Taveras from 60 (plus player) to 50 (average regular). The scout thinks Taveras often looks off-balance and guessing at the plate. At such a young age -- he's the sixth-youngest player in the Carolina League -- time is on his side, but we wouldn't be shocked if the organization has him repeat at Down East.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Rangers inked Taveras to a $2.1 million bonus as one of the top international free agents in 2015. At the time, he was joining one of the top farm systems in the game. Several mammoth trades and a couple high-profile graduations later, and Taveras sits atop that system entering his age-18 season. A surefire top-100 prospect in his own right, Taveras is deserving of the honor. The cousin of retired outfielder Willy Taveras, Leody is bursting with tools. His hit tool and speed both earn plus grades, and he has the body (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) and bat speed to eventually grow into average or better power. All told, this is a potential up-the-middle star who could get MVP votes someday. He has not yet played in a full-season league and posted a 59 wRC+ in a 29-game run with short-season Spokane, but the fact that he was even playing in the Northwest League as a 17-year-old speaks volumes about how advanced Taveras is. He could finish 2017 as a top-10 prospect in the game.
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Holds up well at High-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
May 6, 2018
Taveras went 2-for-5 with a walk, a triple and a run scored for High-A Down East on Sunday.
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Set to open at High-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
March 27, 2018
Taveras will open the season at High-A Down East, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Scuffling recently at Low-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
August 9, 2017
Taveras, 18, is hitting just .189 over his last 10 games for Low-A Hickory.
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Plugging away at Low-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
July 9, 2017
Taveras, 18, is slashing .265/.318/.374 with five home runs, 37 RBI and 13 steals through 82 games for Low-A Hickory.
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Holding his own at Low-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
June 1, 2017
Taveras, 18, is slashing .273/.321/.400 with four home runs, 23 RBI and eight steals through 52 games for Low-A Hickory.
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