Jun 13, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT
Matt Adams‘ return from the disabled list meant the Cardinals had a tough decision to make likely demoting one of their young outfielders back to the minors and they settled on sending Oscar Tavares to Triple-A.
Taveras is a better, younger prospect than Randal Grichuk, so it makes some sense that the Cardinals are more willing to let Grichuk stick around in a part-time role without consistent playing time.
Taveras homered in his first game, but hit just .189 in 11 games overall. Adams’ return means Allen Craig shifts back to right field, which is where Taveras has been playing since making his MLB debut at age 21.
Taveras is one of the best handful of prospects in baseball and doesn’t really have much left to prove in the minors after hitting .325 with seven homers and an .897 OPS in 49 games at Triple-A to begin the season, but the Cardinals’ depth means they have him on a much slower timetable than most teams would.
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