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St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Oscar Taveras Gears Up for the Major Leagues
Oscar Taveras, the top prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, made sports news headlines when he switched his agent for the 2013 season from Melvin Toman to Rob Plummer. Plummer now manages the top three Dominican-born prospects: Oscar Taveras, teammate Carlos Martinz and Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins.
Could this be a part of his strategy to secure his spot in the MLB?
Last year, in the 2012 season, Taveras batted .321/.380/.572 and accumulated 67 extra-base hits for the Double-A Springfield team, mastering this level in the minors. Since he is 20 years old, Taveras is still reaching for his full potential and is expected to start batting somewhere in the .350/.450/.625 range. Since he will likely be starting his 2013 season on the Triple-A Memphis team, he will be on his way up to the majors soon!
Mid-way through the season, Taveras is expected to be promoted into the major league. Although he is essentially ready to play with the professionals as he stands, the Cardinals want to ensure they find him an ample amount of playing time so his skills don't go cold. As he progresses through the beginning of the season in the Triple-A, he will most likely shoot to break his current batting average, so he can secure his position on the Cardinals as early as possible in this upcoming season.
Impact of Taveras' Promotion on the St. Louis Cardinals
If Oscar Taveras gets promoted mid-way through the season or earlier, he could shift the momentum of the Cardinals for the better. Right now, he is posting numbers greater than Busty Posey, who was promoted up to the major leagues after batting .305/.357/.505 with 18 home runs in his 2010 rookie season. After he was promoted midway through the season, Posey helped the Giants switch gears and lead them onto a great second half of the season and into the World Series.
He might not be the player to get the Rookie of the Year award, but we can definitely get ready to see more of Oscar Taveras in future 2013 sports news headlines, as he gears up and enters into the major league.