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Oscar Taveras | Outfielder

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 6/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Oscar Taveras has made "huge adjustments" at the plate.
Taveras singled and doubled in the Cardinals' loss to the Phillies on Sunday, driving in the club's only run. He now has a six-game hitting streak, and even his outs have been well-struck. "He’s really worked hard in the cage with John and David (hitting coaches John Mabry and David Bell) on his approach and shortening his swing a bit," said Matheny. "He’s definitely taking steps in the right direction." It might be time to reconsider the talented 22-year-old outfielder in mixed fantasy leagues. Aug 25 - 9:01 AM

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Oscar Taveras went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

Taveras drove in the Cardinals' lone run with a single in the fourth inning. He also doubled in the ninth, his third multi-hit game in his last five starts. Taveras has a modest six-game hitting streak that has his average up to .238 on the year. He's also hitting .278 in August. The phenom is finally showing some life at the plate.
Aug 24 - 4:28 PM

Oscar Taveras connected for a pinch-hit RBI single against the Padres on Friday.

The slumping Taveras was benched for a second straight game Friday in favor of Shane Robinson. Perhaps the RBI will be enough to convince Mike Matheny to put the young outfielder back into the lineup Saturday.
Aug 16 - 1:06 AM

Oscar Taveras is not in the lineup Friday for the second straight day.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took Taveras to task in the media Thursday before benching him versus a lefty and now a righty in consecutive days. It's true that Taveras has underperformed to this point, but starting Shane Robinson over him two days in a row in the middle of a playoff race is certainly odd. Taveras can't be counted on right now in fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 4:47 PM

Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer Thursday in the Cardinals' 6-2 victory over the Padres.

It was Taveras's first homer since he went deep in his major league debut, and we don't believe it's a coincidence that it came on the day that Allen Craig was traded. Taveras now knows he'll be in the lineup whenever the Cardinals face a righty, and he could start against some lefties as well. He should have mixed-league value the rest of the way.
Jul 31 - 7:16 PM

Oscar Taveras is starting in right field for the Cardinals on Thursday against the Padres.

St. Louis dealt Allen Craig to Boston on Thursday afternoon (along with right-hander) Joe Kelly for John Lackey, so the right field job now belongs to Taveras. With a clearer path to playing time, the talented 21-year-old is worth owning in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 31 - 2:09 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was never close to trading outfielder Oscar Taveras.

Taveras was floated as a possible centerpiece for trades involving players like David Price and Jon Lester, but the Cardinals got Justin Masterson from the Indians on Wednesday afternoon for outfield prospect James Ramsey and appear to be done dealing. According to Miklasz, the Cards' GM was "amused by the speculation that had him moving Taveras." Now if only manager Mike Matheny would play the ultra-talented 21-year-old on a regular basis.
Jul 30 - 5:40 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays.

Taveras has started only two of the Cardinals' last seven games and will for some reason sit Tuesday versus a right-hander -- Rays starter Jake Odorizzi. Taveras hasn't performed very well in his first taste of the major league level, but he's not going to get any better with only sporadic at-bats. Allen Craig is in right field in Tuesday's series-opener versus Tampa Bay.
Jul 22 - 4:44 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

We're struggling to figure out what the Cards are doing with the Taveras. He's now been benched for three out of the last four games, and all of them have been against right-handed pitching. Meanwhile, Allen Craig continues to look as feeble as ever at the plate and is back in the lineup again Friday. Taveras isn't going to have much mixed league value at the rate he's playing. Perhaps a spot will be cleared for him (or he'll be in another organization) after the trade deadline.
Jul 18 - 5:15 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Taveras went hitless Thursday following two straight multi-hit games, and that was apparently enough to earn him a spot on Mike Matheny's bench. Allen Craig is playing right field against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers.
Jul 11 - 4:43 PM

Oscar Taveras had the first multi-hit game of his major league career on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Pirates.

Taveras singled and scored in the second inning before beating out an infield hit in the fourth. He's 5-for-20 (.250) in seven games since being recalled, and the top prospect is hitting just .200/.234/.300 overall. As he continues to adjust to major league pitching, those numbers should steadily go up in the second half.
Jul 8 - 11:43 PM

Oscar Taveras hit an RBI ground-rule double Friday in a win over the Marlins.

The double extended the Cardinals' lead to 3-0, but it ended up being the difference in the ballgame. Taveras is 3-for-14 (.214) with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored in four games since returning from the minors and should continue to get regular playing time as the Cardinals attempt to generate offense. The 22-year-old is worth picking up in any fantasy leagues where he was dropped.
Jul 4 - 11:02 PM

Oscar Taveras is starting in center field for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against the Giants.

It'll be his first start at that position at the major league level. Taveras has played quite a bit of center field in the minors, but he offers below-average defense there and projects as a corner outfielder long term. Matt Holliday is in left field and Allen Craig is in right field on Wednesday in San Francisco. When everybody is clicking, this is the ideal offensive setup for St. Louis. But defensive range will be an issue -- especially at the cavernous AT&T Park.
Jul 2 - 6:25 PM

Cardinals recalled OF Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis.

Taveras is batting second and starting in right field in his return to the majors on Tuesday night in San Francisco. Matt Holliday is on the bench and Allen Craig will play left field. Taveras didn't do a whole lot in his first stint with the Cardinals earlier this season, but he's a very promising young hitter and should be owned in all standard fantasy formats.
Jul 1 - 5:21 PM

Oscar Taveras will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis before Tuesday's series-opener against the Giants.

The announcement was made in a press release Monday. Taveras hit just .189/.225/.297 in an 11-game cup of coffee with the big club earlier this season, but he's one of the top offensive prospects in baseball and is worth picking back up in all mixed and NL-only fantasy leagues. The 22-year-old should get a large share of the playing time in right field going forward, with the struggling Allen Craig spending more time on the bench.
Jun 30 - 1:04 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez
9Tyler Lyons