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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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A spokeswoman for the Dominican Republic's Attorney General's Office, Tessie Sanchez, said Oscar Taveras was "legally intoxicated when he crashed."
Sanchez revealed that a toxicology report showed Taveras' blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit. Taveras and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, were killed in a car crash on October 26 in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was 22 years old. Nov 12 - 7:22 PM
Source: USA Today

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed Sunday that Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were tragically killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

Details are sparse at the moment, all that is known is that Taveras was driving with his girlfriend when his car veered off the road. Wet roads may have played a role in the accident. The 22-year-old outfielder and top prospect was set to compete for a starting job in the Cardinals outfield in 2015. Our deepest condolences go out to the Taveras family and the Cardinals organization during this difficult time.
Source: USA Today
Oct 26 - 9:15 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday that Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk should be ready to compete for the starting right field job next spring.

Grichuk served as the Cards' primary right fielder down the stretch in 2014 and then into the playoffs while questions emerged about Taveras' work ethic and physical conditioning. Taveras is the better prospect by far and will presumably arrive in Jupiter, Florida next February in tip-top shape. He'll have big time fantasy upside if he wins the competition.
Oct 20 - 1:10 PM

Oscar Taveras on Tuesday admitted that he's "gained a few pounds."

MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch says it's been speculated that Taveras has gained about 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August. "I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds," Taveras said. "But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good." The comments come two days after Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that he hopes Taveras not starting in the playoffs would be a "wake up" for him and that the team will give him conditioning suggestions over the offseason. Taveras wants to play winter ball, but Mozeliak said getting the outfielder in better shape is a bigger priority than getting him more at-bats.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Oct 14 - 8:58 PM

Oscar Taveras belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning on Sunday, helping to propel the Cardinals to a victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

Taveras, who has seen very limited playing time over the past month, entered as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher’s spot in the lineup and promptly deposited a Jean Machi offering over the wall in right field to tie the game at 3-3. With his offensive potential, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him replace Randall Grichuk in the starting lineup at some point in the series.
Oct 13 - 12:06 AM

Oscar Taveras is not in Monday's lineup against the Cubs.

He's sitting with southpaw Travis Wood on the hill for Chicago. Randal Grichuk is starting in right field and makes for a nice play in daily formats.
Sep 22 - 4:59 PM

Oscar Taveras went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

Taveras doubled off Reds starter Mike Leake to lead off the seventh inning, his eighth double of the season. Arbitrary endpoint alert, but the young outfielder is hitting .313 (20-for-64) with three doubles, eight RBI and eight runs scored since the middle of August. He's hitting .239/.280/.322 overall as his numbers continue to recover from a slow start following his promotion.
Sep 9 - 11:04 PM

Oscar Taveras went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the Brewers on Sunday.

After Taveras hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win, the 22-year-old followed with the first three-hit game of his career. He's been finding his way at the plate in recent games, and with manager Mike Matheny playing the hot hand it could mean more at-bats for Taveras in the coming days.
Sep 7 - 5:43 PM

Oscar Taveras launched a two-run homer Saturday in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the Brewers.

It was on a low-and-away pitch from Kyle Lohse and Taveras showed incredible plate coverage in driving it out. The 22-year-old is a major offensive talent, but he's struggled to crack the lineup on a regular basis. Maybe this show of rare power will help the cause. St. Louis has jumped out to a four-game lead in the National League Central standings.
Sep 6 - 10:20 PM

Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

After a mini-surge that saw him bat .387/.424/.452 during a nine-game stretch, Taveras has gone 2-for-20 at the plate since and is now sitting for the fourth time over the last six contests. The talent is still obviously there, but it's probably officially time to give up on Taveras as a mixed league option this season. Jon Jay is starting in right field Wednesday, with Peter Bourjos covering center.
Sep 3 - 11:50 AM

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

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

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4Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Xavier Scruggs
4Scott Moore
2B1Kolten Wong
2Dean Anna
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Ty Kelly
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
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PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
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PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Kevin Siegrist
8Marco Gonzales
9Tyler Lyons
10Nick Greenwood
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