Oscar Taveras continues to assault Triple-A pitching

Andy Behrens
May 2, 2014
Oscar Taveras continues to assault Triple-A pitching

OK, I realize the St. Louis Cardinals are not yet prepared to unleash top prospect Oscar Taveras upon the National League. I get it. I'm basically on board with Pouliot's position on this issue. It certainly won't hurt Taveras to see another 100-plus at-bats at Triple-A Memphis, and it's not as if run-scoring will be a season-long problem for the Cards. Keeping Taveras in the minors through the super-two deadline is perhaps the right path.

However, if you're in a deep-benched league where you can painlessly stash a prospect or two, Taveras is definitely a person of interest. He's working on a 15-game hitting streak at the moment, slashing .316/.369/.526 with five homers in 25 games. There are few glaring holes here, and plenty of upside. He's a left-handed hitter who crushes left-handed pitching — .343/.395/.514 this season, .307/.368/.482 career — plus the kid rarely whiffs. His highest single-season minor league strikeout total is 56.

I mean, just tell me you don't like this swing. ("All the way up on the Delta Dental picnic pavilion!") Taveras is an elite prospect doing elite things, one rung below the big leagues.

Realistically, it would take an injury (or two) in St. Louis to force a Taveras call-up this month. But his arrival, whenever it happens, will be an actionable fantasy event. You might just want to beat the rush by grabbing him now. He's available in 77 percent of Yahoo leagues (but available in zero of mine).