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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: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 66/18 | Average Draft Position: 243.61
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Oscar Taveras absent from Monday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Struggling right fielder Oscar Taveras is out of the lineup for the Cardinals on Monday night against visiting Pittsburgh.

Taveras has just 10 hits in 55 at-bats this season and is 3 for 18 since his promotion. He has just one home run and four RBI.


Oscar Taveras getting preferential treatment so far


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) So far, Oscar Taveras is 3 for 3 since returning from Triple-A Memphis, at least in terms of starts.

He replaced Matt Holliday for one game and Allen Craig for another, and most encouraging of all, he even got a start in center field with ground ball-oriented Adam Wainwright on the mound.

Playing him seems to be a priority for the Cardinals. Of course, if he doesn't perform, manager Mike Matheny's daily dilemma is over. They'll just send him back to Memphis. But for now, at least you know they didn't just bring him up to serve as an extra bat off the bench. If he makes good on this opportunity, he'll probably emerge, much like George Springer and Gregory Polanco have, as a must-start Fantasy outfielder.

Keep him stashed in all leagues.


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."


Oscar Taveras ready to rejoin Cardinals' roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) The Cardinals announced Monday they will recall outfielder Oscar Taveras in time for Tuesday's game against the Giants. Taveras hit .292 with one home run, three doubles, nine RBI, five walks and six strikeouts in 13 games with Triple-A Memphis following his demotion in mid-June.

Oscar Taveras still worth stashing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/13/2014) What a letdown.

After all the hype, all the anticipation and all the FAAB dollars devoted to what seemed like the worthiest of pickups, the Cardinals optioned Oscar Taveras to Triple-A Memphis Friday.

It was more or less expected after manager Mike Matheny said earlier this week he didn't anticipate playing the rookie in center field. When the Cardinals activated Matt Adams from the DL, Taveras would have to go somewhere, and the minor leagues seemed the most likely destination. Even so, after the euphoria of his promotion less than two weeks ago, it still hurts like a kick in the shin.

You'll only compound your suffering if react emotionally, though, banishing Taveras from your roster so you no longer have to be reminded of the letdown. If nothing else, we know now he's next in line for the Cardinals, and while Adams went down this time, Allen Craig and Matt Holliday aren't exactly indestructible. Plus, Taveras could always force the issue with an other-worldly performance at Triple-A. Matheny acknowledged he's at least capable of playing center field.

In the weeks leading up to Taveras' promotion, the hype over him had escalated to the point that he was practically must-stash anyway. Why would that change now?


Oscar Taveras sent down to Triple-A Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was sent down to Triple-A Friday.

Taveras was hitting .189 over 37 at-bats after his callup. He was sent down in order to make room for Matt Adams, who was activated from the disabled list Friday.


Mike Matheny's preferences don't bode well for Oscar Taveras


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) Oscar Taveras' promotion on May 31 was stop-the-presses-type news in Fantasy, and even though he hasn't done much since homering in his debut, batting .194 (7 for 36), his owners are still counting on him for big production going forward.

Which makes manager Mike Matheny's comments Tuesday nothing short of alarming.

For those who can't bother to scroll down and read the update, I'll sum it up this way: He doesn't want him playing center field. He recognizes he can but doesn't think the additional offense is worth compromising the defense.

Which suggests to me Taveras is probably destined for a return to Triple-A when Matt Adams comes off the DL this weekend.

It wouldn't be the most illogical thing ever, especially given Taveras' struggles so far. The Cardinals would have a chance to make sure he's good and ready while saving some service time for Super 2 considerations down the road. What would be illogical is sticking him on the bench or forcing Adams, Allen Craig or Matt Holliday to the bench.

So if you can get a top-40 outfielder back for Taveras now in a single-season league, it might not be the worst idea. Otherwise, be ready to stick him back on your bench for a while.


Oscar Taveras in center not likely to be an answer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Even with a roster crunch looming, the Cardinals don't appear ready to give Oscar Taveras an extended tryout in center field, manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com Tuesday.

"I think we're all pretty aware that you could put him out there," Matheny said. "It doesn't necessarily mean that's a position that he's suited for. We've seen him play center field before [in the Minors]. He can play it. I think it depends on what your need is. If we're at a straight offensive need, then I believe that's something you'd have to entertain. But seeing what we have as far as center field goes, you look at some of the games we've had here, and if you didn't have some of the defense we had out there, some of those games have a completely different complexion to them."

With Matt Adams set to return from the disabled list this week, the Cardinals will have a crowded outfield, leaving Taveras' role in question. At this point, the Cardinals seem happy with the combination of Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos in center, and Adams and Matt Holliday are unlikely to cede much playing time.

Taveras, the team's top prospect, is hitting .212/.250/.333 in nine games, all played in right field. 


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.


Oscar Taveras homers in major-league debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Making his major-league debut Saturday, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 2-0 win over the Giants.

Taveras, who was ranked as a top-five prospect overall by MLB.com and Baseball America prior to both this season and the 2013 season, had one of just three hits off Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit, a fifth-run shot to right field. He earned his promotion after hitting .325/.373/.524 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 191 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis.


Oscar Taveras could be a rest-of-season top 40 outfielder


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/31/2014) Now that Oscar Taveras is up with the Cardinals, as Scott White recommended in his recent analysis, he needs to be owned in all Fantasy formats. Given his potential for a good batting average and at least decent power, he is viable to start in all but the shallowest of leagues.

It's not clear how long Taveras will stay up, but at least for now, I have him ranked as if he is up for good. Unless the Cardinals are highly concerned about the implications for Taveras' Super Two status, it's hard to see how he doesn't supplant Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay or Randal Grichuk in center field once Matt Adams returns from the disabled list.

With four months of regular play, I would expect Taveras to hit around .285 with 12 home runs and between 50 and 55 RBI and runs, though those figures could shift depending on where he will hit in the batting order. That's not too different from what I would expect from Michael Cuddyer, so I have ranked Taveras just behind the Rockies' outfielder, placing him 39th in Head-to-Head and 40th in Rotisserie at the position.


Oscar Taveras sixth in lineup for debut


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras is set to bat sixth in his major league debut Saturday against the visiting Giants.

Oscar Taveras gets the call, will start Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) With Matt Adams heading to the disabled list, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed that it is time for top prospect Oscar Taveras.

Following Friday's game, Matheny told reporters Taveras will get the call and will be in the lineup in time for Saturday's game against the Giants. The team's top prospect was hitting .325/.373/.524 at Triple-A Memphis in 209 at-bats this season. 


Pick up Oscar Taveras NOW


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) If reports of him joining the Cardinals are accurate -- and they usually are -- Oscar Taveras needs to be added in all Fantasy leagues.

He's been in the discussion for best overall prospect for two years now. He probably would have gotten the call last year if not for a nagging ankle injury.

In many ways -- most notably, his high contact rate -- he's superior even to George Springer, and you've seen the kind of impact Springer has had. Taveras himself profiles as a power hitter, but he should hit for average as well.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed in his first stint in the big leagues. He may even get sent back to the minors once Matt Adams is fully healthy and the Cardinals finish up their seven games in AL parks beginning Wednesday. Nobody knows the full extent of their plans for him and whether or not he'll fulfill his end of the bargain.

But everybody knows he's supposed to be awesome, so if you don't claim him now, you'll give someone else a chance to cash in on what could be this year's Yasiel Puig.


Report: Top prospect Oscar Taveras on the way to St. Louis


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) The Cardinals are set to call up top prospect Oscar Taveras, according to a report from StlSportsPage.com Friday.

Taveras has been ranked Baseball America's No. 3 prospect in consecutive years, and is enjoying another fine season at Triple-A Memphis. He is hitting .325/.373/.524 with 23 extra-base hits in 49 games. 

The highly-anticipated move comes with the Cardinals getting little production from the outfielder. Centerfielders are hitting just .249/.314/.368 on the season, while right fielders are at a paltry .236/.284/.352.


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.


Time to stash Oscar Taveras


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) With Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak acknowledging Wednesday that Oscar Taveras could get the call for a seven-game stretch in AL parks the first week of June, stashing the top prospect should be even more of a priority for mixed-leaguers with a bench spot to burn.

I had already made a case for Taveras getting the call before the speculated Super 2 date in the latest Prospects Report, but obviously, it means more coming out of the general manager's mouth.

If it happens, could it be just a one-week thing that ends with Taveras back at Triple-A in the continued hope he isn't one of the 22 percent of this year's rookie class with the most playing time at the end of 2016? Sure. But if he makes a big enough impression, they'll have to keep him around.

And even if he doesn't, we're talking only a few weeks until he's up for good. For a player with his upside, it's worth the wait.


Oscar Taveras looking at early June promotion?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) The Cardinals will begin a stretch of seven games in AL parks beginning June 4 at Kansas City. It could serve as the ideal time for the team to promote outfield prospect Oscar Taveras since the team will be able to use a DH.

"The natural thing there is because you have the DH," general manager John Mozeliak said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I can see that possibly happening, sure. Oscar has played well. (Randal) Grichuk has gone down there and been lights out. I would say a lot would depend on how we’re playing."

Although Taveras continues to perform well in the minors, Mozeliak added Super-2 status hasn't been the reason Taveras remains at Triple-A. Super-2 is the MLB classification that allows for players with less than three years of major-league time to access arbitration early, if their service time ranks in the top 22 percent of players between two and three years. That cutoff date usually arrives in June.

"My point here is that acting like we’re not holding Taveras back because we’re worried about 'Super 2.' Absolutely, I think about that. But that’s not the driving decision-maker. The driving decision-maker is, will he play?" Mozeliak said. "The good news for Oscar Taveras right now is he’s playing, he’s showing he’s healthy, he’s diversifying his playing time. I see opportunities."


Oscar Taveras needs a 'wakeup call'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras needs a "wakeup call," according to FoxSports.com.

A scout who recently saw the Cardinals Triple-A club was complementary about the team's outfield, but worried about Taveras' effort. "[Taveras is] on cruise control," the scout said. He added that Taveras "needs to play with more urgency," but believes he'll need to be called up in order for that to happen. 

If Taveras is going through the motions, it hasn't been reflected in his numbers. Taveras has hit .304 over 161 at-bats, with six home runs, in the minors. He was expected to play a big role with the major-league club before injuries caused him to miss most of spring training.


Cardinals won't rush to promote Oscar Taveras, GM says


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters he will not rush outfield prospect Oscar Taveras into major-league action, MLB.com reports Monday. Taveras saw his 16-game hitting streak snapped over the weekend. He is hitting .301/.357/.495 in 103 at-bats for Triple-A Memphis.

"There's no doubt that he's playing well and that's a good thing," Mozeliak said. "I know a lot is being made about Oscar coming to St. Louis. Right now, I just don't even think that is a logical thing to do because there are a lot of question marks going on in the outfield to begin with. I think it would just muddy it up at this point. He is playing every day, and I think that's good for him. If he continues to do what he's doing, he'll obviously make this a very difficult decision at some point."

Oscar Taveras extends hit streak


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras extended his hit streak to 14 games Wednesday.

Injuries limited Taveras' playing time during spring training, but he seems to have returned to normal since getting over the issues. Taveras is hitting .322/.378/.544 in 90 at-bats at Triple-A. He was considered close to the majors entering the year. 


Oscar Taveras back in action at Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras returned to the starting lineup for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. He's starting at left field and hitting third in the lineup, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Taveras his left ankle running out of the batter's box on Monday. He is hitting .299 with a .493 slugging percentage, .849 OPS, three home runs, four doubles and 12 RBI in 18 Triple-A games this season.

Oscar Taveras dealing with injury to his other ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was not in the lineup Tuesday for Triple-A Memphis after twisting his left ankle running out of the batter's box Monday, per MLB.com. His absence is precautionary and is listed as day to day.

The injury is not to the same ankle Taveras underwent surgery on last year. The highly touted prospect is batting .299 with a .493 slugging percentage, .849 OPS, three home runs, four doubles and 12 RBI in 18 games for Memphis.


Oscar Taveras gets start in center field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Cardinals Triple-A outfielder Oscar Taveras is making his first start of the season in center field Monday.

The choice to put him in center field is significant, as it remains his clearest path to playing time in the majors, with Matt Holliday and Allen Craig entrenched in the corner outfield spots. If Taveras earns a shot at contributing with the Cardinals, he could eventually supplant Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay in center field.