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Cardinals send top prospect Oscar Taveras to Triple-A

Mar 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Oscar Taveras AP

Cardinals outfielder Oscas Taveras, who in addition to being arguably the top hitting prospect in baseball also makes regular appearances in our own Drew Silva’s dreams, will begin the season at Triple-A.

That comes as no surprise, because Taveras destroyed Double-A pitching to the tune of a .953 OPS last season as a 20-year-old and there’s no room for him in the Cardinals’ current outfield with Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran flanking Jon Jay.

Taveras could force the issue by dominating Triple-A or could get a call-up if someone goes down with an injury, but clearly the plan is for him to take over as the starting right fielder when Beltran leaves as a free agent after the season.

Taveras hit .297 in 23 spring games and both Baseball America and MLB.com rate him as the third-best prospect in MLB.

  1. palmersports - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    He’ll get his time.

  2. Mike Wanhatalo - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    He will eventually start in Right Field, not Center. Jon Jay has CF locked down.

  3. spudchukar - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    So frustrating! So many good players, and no place to play them. And Mets, Marlins, and Pheelie Phans think they have problems.

    • dondada10 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Let’s go Reds!

    • tuberippin - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Everywhere but at shortstop

      • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        It is fair to doubt Kozma. He sure sucked in the minors. But the Cards kept with him through his 68 errors his first couple of seasons at SS (he was consistent though 34 each year), and posting less than stellar defensive stats. No one was more critical than yours truly. However, I had never seen him play, and when I finally did watch him, he was nothing like I had imagined, and I and everyone else should know better.

        St. Louis protected him for a couple of years on their 40 man roster, much to my chagrin. But they saw something, kept the faith, and just as he was starting to put things together at AAA, opportunity knocked. And he answered the call, justifying his 1st round draft choice. It wasn’t an early season call up either, it was a midst post season push, and he excelled.

        Now he has added an excellent Spring, and will be the starting SS until sometime in June. I am a believer, and granted some of it is merely unbridled optimism. It is rare that someone blossoms late, but it has happened, and may just happen again.

  4. asimonetti88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    He can continue to be Minor League Guy on Third.

  5. historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Eh, we’d give you Andy Dirks for him…maybe throw in Don Kelly.

  6. sfm073 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Beltran will more then likely miss significant time so he’ll be up.

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