SPRINGFIELD, Mo. First-year Springfield manager Mike Shildt leans back in his office chair and talks about the rare struggles of prized prospect Oscar Taveras.
Two weeks from his 20th birthday, Taveras went 0-for-4 for the second straight night. After bursting out of the gates with an impressive five-week stretch that included 10 home runs and a batting average near .340, the teenager is experiencing his first rough patch at Double-A.
He hasn't homered in two weeks and looks uncomfortable at the plate. His average has dropped below .300 for the first time all season. But Shildt, who managed Taveras in 2010 at Johnson City, knows the struggles won't last long.
"He's probably pressing a little bit," Shildt says. "He's probably looking to do a whole lot. It's a combination of the league trying to figure him out a bit and the counter adjustment taking place and the process of that. He'll be fine.
"He wants to do really well, really bad and he's used to doing well. He's got that kin...