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Report: Cardinals to call up prospect Oscar Taveras

May 30, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

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Per a report from Rob Rains of StlSportsPage.com, the Cardinals are expected to call up top prospect Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis. Rains cites an unnamed source, and adds that Taveras was seen packing his bags in the Memphis clubhouse. Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes is also reporting the Taveras call-up.

Taveras, 21, was rated the #3 overall prospect entering the season by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The outfielder has a .325/.373/.524 slash line with seven home runs and 40 RBI in the minors thus far.

The Cardinals could use some more pop in the outfield. Collectively, their outfielders have posted a .687 OPS, which ranks 11th out of 15 National League teams.

Update: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that first baseman Matt Adams will go on the disabled list, clearing up a spot on the roster for Taveras.

  1. okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    If true, I’d suspect this may mean Matt Adams will be disabled.

    This will literally be the Hyperventilating Prospect Geek Fraternity sect of the BFIB wet dream come true.

    And I’m excited too :)

  2. okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Taveras is indeed on his way to STL and has been scratched from the Memphis line up.

    Twitter abuzz with rumors of Jon Jay possibly on the move to the Twins as well.

    Gotta love the twitter.

    • okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      So much for Jay to the Twinks, he just entered the game for STL.

      Maybe the Cards will mercifully end the Bourjos resurrection project and send him off for some much needed bullpen help.

      • gibbyfan - May 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        not sure what exactly they can do but with 1/3 of the season in the books something has to change. Maybe Taveras will be the spark….sure hope so

      • okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        The only thing it means thus far is the status quo isn’t working, kudos to Mo for realizing the roster as it is isn’t functioning.

        I suspect he’s not finished, the bullpen obviously needs help and the regression of Shelby Miller can’t be ignored much longer is he continues in the direction he’s been headed.

        Never a dull moment that’s for sure.

      • jrob23 - May 31, 2014 at 3:40 AM

        “kudos to Mo for realizing the roster as it is isn’t functioning”

        are you for real? This is the genius who had Wong down in favor of Ellis and has kept Taveras down for Super 2, and Martinez in the bullpen when he should be starting. He makes all these moves because he is trying to be cute with FA. Keep these young kids’ value down so they are more apt to accept a team friendly contract. He is not about fielding the best team to win.

  3. montrealknowledge - May 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I live and die by the Cards over here in Canada, clearly guys like Carp and Craig weren’t going to do what they did last year, so this mediocre start is expected. Bit doesn’t mean Adams going on DL or trade in works… They got some raid games in AL parks.. Craig going to 1st, Adams can DH.. As long as it ain’t against a lefty.

    • okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      A roster at the big league level is happening regardless, Taveras can’t come up without room being made.

      I suspect it’ll be Adams to the DL.

      And yes, he’s failure against lefties looms large along with his 1 for 39 with a runner on 2nd base so far.

  4. montrealknowledge - May 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Forgot they just called up Girchuk… Too bad, Adams in the DH would be real nice. They should send Martinez down to stretch his arm back into a starter in case Miller needs time to work things out. No point in Martinez blowing leads in bullpen, you know he wants to be a starter.

    • okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Adam’s DH’ing maybe his calling moving ahead, and it may not be only for STL in AL parks.

      Would hate to see him go but something’s gotta give at some point soon and I seriously doubt Craig will be the odd man out…

  5. brucewayne3561 - May 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Losing all these games by 1 run is killing the Cards! Gotta be leading the Majors in that category! Is it really the bullpen or is it Matheny not knowing how to run & use the bullpen/starting staff? I really don’t like the way he handles the pitchers! Maybe it’s just me! But we need a spark! Hope Taveras can provide it! Go Cards!

    • okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      It’s not just you although I’m not going to “blame” Matheny for the bullpens failures, I’ve just never been a fan of formula bullpen deployment.

  6. okwhitefalcon - May 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Per Matheny, Adams to the DL and Taveras will be active tomorrow.

    Paraphrasing:

    “Oscar will be in the lineup and get an opportunity, starting tomorrow”.

  7. montrealknowledge - May 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Adams power will be there, will the Cards wait for that? Who knows.. They got outfielders under contract and Craig shouldn’t be a OF… Adams is going to be a classic 1B, I’d hate to see him leave the Redbirds. They have too many players all not playing to par.

  8. okwhitefalcon - May 31, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Mo’s presser has been quite candid, sounds like Bourjos’ chances will be few and far between.

    From Derrick Goold:

    “Derrick Goold ‏@dgoold
    Mozeliak says: “Center field is still in play. Jay is hitting. He deserves opportunities. Bourjos role may be diminished.”

    • gibbyfan - May 31, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      I think a lot of us saw that coming from the day the trade was made. Of course, we wish Jay had PBs defensive skills but defense can only take you so far. Based solely on observation, it seems Jay usually makes decent contact, even when he make an out………..Looking forward to seeing OT finally getting a chance

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