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18 Oscar Taveras RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 6/19/1992 | Birthplace: Puerto Plata, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: St. Louis | College: | MLB Experience: 1 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/1804467.png | Owned/Started%: 51/22 | Average Draft Position: 244.23

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Cardinals shuffle outfield for Oscar Taveras' return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) The Cardinals opted to give outfielder Matt Holliday the day off Tuesday against the Giants, in Oscar Taveras' first day back from the minors. Taveras is starting in right field, with Allen Craig taking over in left. 

Oscar Taveras recall to impact PT for some St. Louis players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talked to the media Monday following the recall of outfielder Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis.

"We’re trying to generate some offense," Matheny said. "I don’t think this is going to be exactly like we saw before when we had him up where it was, 'Here you go, you’re going to be in there every day.' But we’re going to have to find some considerable time for him."

Taveras' promotion means Allen Craig will likely lose some playing time in right field and Matt Adams could lose some playing time to Craig at first base.

"I think it’s going to be shared around," Matheny said. "We’re not ruling out an occasional day in centerfield if things line up perfectly with the right style pitcher that we think is going to produce more groundballs, depending on the field. For example, the park here in San Francisco is not very conducive to a non-centerfielder who plays centerfield. It’s a big yard to cover. We’re not ruling out that’s an option.

"We’re also going to try and get everybody else a day here and there and kind of spread it around. We’re going to try and be as creative as possible to get him playing time and make sure our other guys are getting the time that they deserve as well."


Hitters to sit in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2014) Have your heart set on starting Derek Norris, Garrett Jones, Jed Lowrie, Josh Harrison, Jhonny Peralta or Oscar Taveras in Fantasy Week 11 (June 9-15)? You might want to think twice about that.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Ranking the most stashable prospects


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2014) With word that Maikel Franco could in fact replace the injured Cody Asche if he gets hot enough at Triple-A Lehigh Valley during the time Asche is sidelined (for more, check out the latest Prospects Report), the Phillies third baseman has officially become one of the most stashable prospects in Fantasy. Of course, by now, that list has become so long that you may need help prioritizing. So here you go.

Gregory Polanco is still No. 1. He's way too good for Triple-A, and even if the Pirates are waiting because of Super 2 concerns, he may be only three weeks away. Oscar Taveras may be only one week away if you buy that the Cardinals plan to promote him for their stretch of seven games in AL parks at the beginning of June. He may not be as prepared for the big leagues as Polanco, but he has arguably more upside.

Jon Singleton is still "on deck" for the Astros and crushing it at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The comes Franco. Andrew Heaney, the top pitcher of choice, edges out Joc Pederson, who seems like a long shot for a promotion even with Carl Crawford's ankle injury.

Boom! End of list. Now, go make us proud.


Cardinals likely to get Thursday off


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) The Cardinals will likely have Thursday off, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Manager Mike Matheny wants to make sure his team is well-rested prior to the start of their first spring game. Aside from Jaime Garcia, the team doesn't have any major injuries to worry about yet. Rest could help both Oscar Taveras and Trevor Rosenthal get closer to 100 percent. It's unclear if either player will be available Friday.


Cardinals players arriving to camp early


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Cardinals hitters Oscar Taveras and Matt Adams, and pitcher Trevor Rosenthal have already reported to camp, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The team's official report date for pitchers and catchers is February 12. Position players are to report February 17. It's encouraging that all three players showed up early, as they are all facing crucial seasons.

Adams is looking to capitalize after a breakout season. He's set to be the team's primary first baseman this season, and will get a full workload for the first time in his career. Adams hit .284/.335/.503 in 296 at-bats last season.

Taveras enters the year looking to break camp with the major-league club. While he's the team's best prospect, the Peter Bourjos trade may have pushed him out of a starting role. But if Taveras can play well enough during the spring, he could easily find himself in some type of role once the season begins.

Rosenthal will look to improve after a strong rookie season. He wound up closing games at the end of last year, but was used as a starter early last spring. It's unclear if the team will try to utilize Rosenthal as a starter again, or if he's strictly a bullpen guy now. He put up a strong 2.63 ERA in 75 1/3 innings.


Cardinals add Oscar Taveras, two others to 40-man roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) The Cardinals added top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, infielder Jermaine Curtis and pitcher John Gast to the team's 40-man roster Wednesday.

Taveras, who was ranked the No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America before the season, hit .306/.341/.462 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 173 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. He is recovering from August ankle surgery and is expected to be ready by spring training.

Curtis hit .257/.355/.349 with five home runs, 49 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 370 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. Gast went 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts with the Cardinals and 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Memphis.


Profar-for-Taveras deal was never on table


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2013) There will be no blockbuster trade between the Rangers and Cardinals involving top prospects Jurickson Profar and Oscar Taveras, CBSSports.com reports Tuesday. Rangers GM Jon Daniels says the two sides never even discussed such a swap. 

Plus, a major impediment to the supposed deal is that the Cardinals are going to need Taveras' services quite soon with Carlos Beltran a free agent at season's end and the team not exactly thrilled with keeping Jon Jay there every day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 


Carlos Beltran not vacating for Oscar Taveras yet


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/26/2013) A debate over which prospects are worth stashing in single-season leagues on my Twitter account Tuesday afternoon quickly turned to the Cardinals' Oscar Taveras, who certainly ranks high on my list, but someone suggested he was the top guy with Carlos Beltran already battling a toe injury.

I like the thought. Most likely, if Taveras takes over as a full-timer this year, it'll be because of a Beltran injury. I'm just not sure this is the injury.

Beltran returned to Grapefruit League action Tuesday after missing time with the injury. He played right field and went 1 for 2 with two walks. To me, that suggests he's going to be ready for opening day.

I can't predict exactly when Beltran is going to be hurt, but keep in mind if it happens too early in the year, the Cardinals could always go with Matt Adams at first base and move Allen Craig to the outfield. Personally, I wouldn't plan on seeing Taveras until June.