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Matheny plans to give Oscar Taveras a 'good look' this spring

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
The Cardinals don't need outfield help, but Taveras will be waiting. (US Presswire)

The Cardinals are widely considered to have baseball's best farm system, and the team plans to give top prospect Oscar Taveras a "good look" in camp, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The outfielder will be paired with Carlos Beltran for many workouts this spring.

"You look at Carlos Beltran going to the World Baseball Classic. You know [Matt Holliday] isn't going to be playing every day throughout the spring," manager Mike Matheny said. "There are going to be opportunities in the outfield. I plan on getting a good look at him. No question."

Taveras, 20, was approached by Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic, but the Cardinals would prefer that he remain in camp. Despite being born in the Dominican Republic, Taveras lived in Canada and attended school in Montreal as a child. He is a Canadian citizen.

By all accounts, Taveras is one of the five best prospects in the minor leagues. He hit .321/.380/.572 with 37 doubles and 23 homers in 531 plate appearances at the Double-A level in 2012, and his team has won the league championship in each of his three pro seasons. St. Louis has a sturdy outfield with Beltran, Holliday and Jon Jay, so Taveras is likely to open the season in Triple A.

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