Originally written on 85% Sports  |  Last updated 10/28/14
With the St. Louis Cardinals stumbling down the stretch and the second wild card on the line, they have decided to leave top prospect Oscar Taveras off the major league roster. This comes when Carlos Beltran is looking like his Mets’ days and the club relying on players like Pete Kozma and Dan Descalso in regular roles. Taveras came into the 2012 as a potential breakout player after a solid campaign in Lo-A ball. The Cardinals were aggressive and started the 19-year-old (he turned 20 mid-season) at Double A. Taveras responded well, leading the team in hitting and homers. Taveras also received his 3rd championship in as many seasons (Texas League with Springfield this year, Midwest League last year, and Appalachian League before that). Taveras played in the futures game this year and was named Baseball America’s Double A player of the year. I took a look at Taveras’s MLE (Minor League Equivalency from the calculator at ML Splits) to see how his stats would have translated to the maj...
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