Had it not been for a season-ending ankle injury in August, the 21-year-old Oscar Taveras would be yet another St. Louis Cardinals‘ prospect making waves in the 2013 MLB Playoffs. Instead, Taveras was shut down prematurely and the long-awaited MLB debut of Taveras is on hold once again. With that being said, St. Louis is doing quite alright without him. However, the Cards will be heading into the 2014 season with big expectations for their most highly-touted prospect since Yadier Molina.
First and foremost; Carlos Beltran isn’t getting younger and he’s also a free agent after the 2013 campaign, which means Mr. October 2.0 might be playing somewhere other than St. Louis this time next year. Thus, this opens the door of opportunity for the speedy Taveras, who is the best outfielder in the Redbirds’ farm system as St. Louis has just been waiting for Taveras to finally piece it together and make the big-league club.
In addition, John Jay‘s defense has also been lacking as of late, so Taveras could even take over Jay’s spot as the Cardinals’ opening-day center fielder. Either way, the Cardinals have young and skilled help on the way, which isn’t good news for anyone in the National League — especially the competing teams in the National League Central.