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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals: Hot prospect Oscar Taveras named Dominican Winter League Rookie of the Year

Just days after Baseball America rated him the top prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Oscar Taveras took home some more accolades that further advance his status as one of the hottest and most anticipated prospects in all of Major League Baseball.

Taveras was named the Dominican Winter League Rookie of the Year on Tuesday after hitting .316 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 39 games.

Taveras, who is just 20 years of age, has quickly accelerated himself through the ranks of the Cardinals' minor league system. He has hit everywhere he has gone and h as worked hard to improve his defense in an effort to play center field at the Major League level.

Despite his top prospect status and success, Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak is not quite ready to commit to having Taveras on the opening day roster. But, Mozeliak definitely sounds excited about the youngster's future in a Cardinals' uniform.

“The day he gets here is the day he stays," Mozeliak told KFNS 590 the Fan last week.

Mozeliak is smart to make sure that Taveras is ready so he does not have to take shuttle down Highway 55. Taveras is a special kind of prospect.  He is a difference-maker for an organization.  He is a kid, like a Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, who could come up from the minor leagues and make the Cardinals offense better.

While patience may payoff for Mozeliak and the Cardinals, they may not be able to afford to wait on Taveras if something happens to injury-prone outfielders Matt Holliday or Carlos Beltran.

Taveras is a nice insurance piece. A very promising talent that is sure to make noise for years to come in St. Louis.

Cardinals fans should be happy to hear that the kid do so well this winter.