The St. Louis Cardinals may be earning nonstop attention in fantasy baseball dynasty leagues due to pitching prospects like Carlos Martinez, Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, and Michael Wacha. However, the team still has some amazing offensive firepower tearing the cover off the ball down in the minors.
Thousands of hopeful dynasty league owners latched on to OF Oscar Taveras this spring in hopes that he would mature into the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. It looked as if he was going to be called up within the first couple weeks of the season and the rumors caused the outfielder to be one of the highest owned prospects heading into Week 1.
As we approach the All-Star break, though, the 21-year-old has yet to play in a MLB game this season. Taveras was just placed on the DL after re-aggravating his ankle and to say that the young outfielder has failed to live up to expectations this fantasy season would be an underestimation.
In 46 games in the MiLB this season, OT still has a respectable .306 batting average. He has five home runs, 32 RBIs, and has even stolen five bases. He has shown glimpses of his All-Star potential, but with him on the DL his 2013 fantasy value will take another hit.
Taveras will still be worth hanging onto in dynasty leagues, because he will most likely be called up at some point after the All-Star break. The long part of the wait is already over, so fantasy owners must simply remain patient.