Cardinals outfielder Oscas Taveras, who in addition to being arguably the top hitting prospect in baseball also makes regular appearances in our own Drew Silva’s dreams, will begin the season at Triple-A.
That comes as no surprise, because Taveras destroyed Double-A pitching to the tune of a .953 OPS last season as a 20-year-old and there’s no room for him in the Cardinals’ current outfield with Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran flanking Jon Jay.
Taveras could force the issue by dominating Triple-A or could get a call-up if someone goes down with an injury, but clearly the plan is for him to take over as the starting right fielder when Beltran leaves as a free agent after the season.
Taveras hit .297 in 23 spring games and both Baseball America and MLB.com rate him as the third-best prospect in MLB.
The Giants beat the Cardinals on Saturday night, but there was some grumpiness between a couple of Giants players all the same.
As Hank Shulman reports, late in the 13-inning game Fox TV cameras caught catcher Buster Posey yelling at first baseman Belt after Stephen Piscotty of the Cardinals stole second base. Then, after the final out, there was a brief, cold stare down between the teammates. The issue would appear to be Posey being upset with Belt for not holding Piscotty close at first base and then Belt being upset with Posey for calling him out in front of God and the fans and the TV cameras and everyone.
Neither Posey nor Belt would talk about it to reporters afterwards or on Sunday, saying the matter was between them and that they’d deal with it privately. Which is a smart move.
Of course, if Posey heeded that advice beforehand and took up his dissatisfaction with Belt in private, the reporters wouldn’t have even known about it in the first place.
The Yankees probably have the best minor league system in baseball right now and the best player in that system is, without question, shortstop Gleyber Torres. Now that top prospect is a step closet to the Bronx: he has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees don’t rush their prospects anywhere nearly as fast as a lot of teams do, but Torres, who is only 20, proved himself to be ready for the promotion. In 32 games at Double-A Trenton this year he hit .273/.367/.496 in 139 plate appearances. That OPS is almost 100 points higher than that which he posted in high A-ball in 2016.
Torres came over to the Yankees from the Cubs organization in the Aroldis Chapman trade last summer. At this rate he’ll be playing shortstop behind Chapman in New York before too long.