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Oscar Taveras | Outfielder

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Cardinals prospect outfielder Oscar Taveras hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Wednesday night.
Taveras is hitting .192/.250/.462 over the first seven games of the Triple-A season with two home runs and one double. He has also struck out six times so far this season, which would put him on a pace well above his current season high of 56 strikeouts. This could be a product of all of the time he missed due to injury, so keep an eye on his strikeout rate. Apr 10 - 8:39 AM

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Cardinals prospect outfielder Oscar Taveras will held out of action for at least one day after he slipped coming out of the batter’s box during a minor league game on Monday and appeared to be favoring his right leg.

Taveras had right ankle surgery last year and has been bothered by right hamstring tightness this spring, so the Cardinals don't want to take any chances. The 21-year-old has a world of talent, but he just needs to stay on the field.
Mar 25 - 1:27 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak hopes that Oscar Taveras (hamstring) will be able to play in minor league games by Saturday.

Taveras was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday after being limited for most of the spring. While he missed most of 2013 due to an ankle injury, his right hamstring has been the bigger issue in recent days.
Mar 13 - 5:45 PM

Cardinals optioned OF Oscar Taveras, C Audry Perez, and RHP Eric Fornataro to Triple-A Memphis.

Taveras is the big name here, but it's not surprising to see him get cut, as he's coming off right ankle surgery and has been limited in recent days due to right hamstring tightness. The best thing for him right now is to get healthy and play every day in the minors. One of the top hitting prospects in the game, Taveras should make an impact with the big club at some point this season assuming he can stay on the field.
Mar 13 - 5:10 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed that Oscar Taveras' odds of making the team are nearly insurmountable.

Taveras, coming off right ankle surgery last season, is currently shelved with right hamstring tightness. "It's not possible — without him being healthy," Matheny said of Taveras' shot to crack the Opening Day roster. "He needed for everything to go right for that to be a possibility. It's definitely something that's holding him up." Taveras, one of the game's best prospects, will undoubtedly make his big league debut later on in the summer.
Mar 11 - 1:18 PM

Oscar Taveras (right hamstring tightness) remains out of the lineup.

St. Louis parked Peter Bourjos for one week with a minor hamstring cramp, so Taveras is probably still a few days away from returning to game action. The precocious talent doesn't have a great chance of cracking the Opening Day roster, but he'll be up at some point in 2014.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 11 - 9:36 AM

Oscar Taveras will sit out the next couple days due to right hamstring tightness.

Taveras finally made his Grapefruit League debut Friday after coming back from ankle surgery, but now he's on the sidelines again. It's not a long-term issue, but it hurts the top prospect's already dwindling chances of cracking the Opening Day roster.
Mar 9 - 11:13 AM

Oscar Taveras had a double in three at-bats Friday in his spring debut.

Taveras had a bit of a misplay in right field, in which a double got over his head. There's a good chance it would have been a hit regardless, but Taveras didn't play it right from the start. Other than that, the day was a positive. He didn't seem particularly limited by his surgically repaired ankle.
Mar 7 - 5:21 PM

Oscar Taveras (ankle) is making his Grapefruit League debut Friday.

He's playing right field and batting eighth versus the Mets in one of the Cardinals' split-squad games. Taveras has been squeamish about testing out his surgically-repaired right ankle in camp, but he went through intensive baserunning drills Thursday with no issues and is ready to give it a go. The top prospect hasn't helped his chances at winning a roster spot with a late start, but he was probably destined for Triple-A to begin the year, anyway.
Mar 7 - 8:14 AM

Oscar Taveras (ankle) did intensive baserunning, sliding, and stopping drills Thursday in camp.

Taveras told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it felt "much better" than the first time he tried doing baserunning work. He's still being eased into action as he continues his recovery from last year's ankle surgery. The top outfield prospect should soon be ready for Grapefruit League games.
Mar 6 - 11:52 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said there's still no spring debut date set for Oscar Taveras.

The Cardinals want to get Taveras into games, but the club first wants him to stop favoring his surgically repaired ankle. "He's anxious to get going, and that's exactly how we want him to be," Matheny said. "He's done a lot of work to get to the point where he is right now. In his mind, he's not favoring it. So it's a tough conversation. We're trying to do what's best for him. And what's best for our club, too, is to have a player who is completely ready to go before he goes out there and starts learning bad habits or makes himself more susceptible to an injury." Taveras is taking the team trip to Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday, so his debut could be any day now.
Mar 5 - 7:44 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that Oscar Taveras (ankle) is "close to being able to take off."

"But it’s smart that we hold on till he’s not favoring the weak side," added the Cardinals skipper. Taveras is still on his way back from ankle surgery and has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game this spring. It's looking doubtful at this point that the 21-year-old outfield prospect is able to crack the Opening Day roster.
Mar 3 - 9:25 AM

Oscar Taveras (ankle) is not yet cleared to play in Grapefruit League games.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Taveras is running at about 80 percent, "and 80 percent isn't good enough." The top prospect has slowly ramped up his running since the beginning of spring training, but the Cards don't want to push him too fast too soon. Taveras is competing for an Opening Day roster spot but will most likely start the year at Triple-A as he tries to catch up after what was essentially a lost 2013 season.
Feb 28 - 10:16 AM

Oscar Taveras (ankle) is expected to ramp up the intensity of his workouts on Monday in Cardinals camp.

The Cardinals have been easing their top hitting prospect into drills this spring to allow his surgically-repaired ankle extra time to heal. Taveras should be 100 percent by the start of the 2014 regular season and has an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot. The 21-year-old outfielder is a .320/.377/.518 career hitter in the minors with a power swing that has been described as "violent."
Feb 24 - 10:56 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that Oscar Taveras (ankle) is "100 percent cleared" for baseball activity.

Mozeliak did add that club will still restrict Taveras' running as he works his way back from ankle surgery, but it sounds like the top prospect could go all out if need be. "From a running standpoint, we just want to be smart and patient," Mozeliak said. "You will see him pushing himself, but you may see some of the range-type drills in the outfield, some of his might be shortened. We don't open tomorrow, so there's no reason to push him as if we were." Taveras doesn't have a clear path to playing time at the moment but could still force his way onto the Opening Day roster with a big spring.
Feb 13 - 6:50 PM

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Batters
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2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Peter Bourjos
2Jon Jay
3Shane Robinson
RF1Allen Craig
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2Michael Wacha
3Shelby Miller
4Lance Lynn
5Joe Kelly
6Jaime Garcia
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R1Trevor Rosenthal
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3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Seth Maness
7Pat Neshek
8Keith Butler