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Oscar Taveras gets a hit in a Spring Training game against the Mets on March 7.
Still deemed one of the top young talents in the game and the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals’ organization, Oscar Taveras is recovering nicely after battling adversity for the past year.
Taveras suffered an ankle injury early last season, which eventually led to surgery and ended his season after just 47 games.
Fully recovered from the injury, the 21-year-old Taveras was expected to make the Cardinals Opening Day roster; but he fell short.
Rather than having limited at-bats with the parent club, the Cardinals thought it best for Taveras to be in the everyday lineup for Triple-A Memphis to begin the season.
The plan has worked thus far.
Taveras is ripping the cover off the ball, hitting .322 with 15 runs scored, five home runs and 17 RBI through 24 games.
His early-season success has Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch lobbying for his promotion. Miklasz wrote this on Thursday.
I’m thinking the Cardinals’ organization is just toying with Oscar Taveras now. GM John Mozeliak and all of his men must be trying to get their finest hitting prospect since Albert Pujols so ticked off and fired up, that by the time he’s belatedly promoted to St. Louis he’ll be so wired to do damage to pitchers that no one will be able to stop him.
The question isn’t if Taveras will be called up, it’s when. And when that happens, watch out.