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Rangers' Leody Taveras: Not starting Tuesday
Taveras is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.
Taveras will take a seat Tuesday for the second time in the past three games. Brad Miller, Adolis Garcia and Kole Calhoun will start from left to right in the outfield.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Swats homer in win
Taveras went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Mets.
Taveras entered the game off the bench, pinch hitting for left fielder Brad Miller in the seventh inning and then finishing out the game in center field. His ninth-inning homer gave the Rangers added insurance, and it was his second blast in the last three games. The outfielder is outperforming his expected average and slugging rates, but Taveras has reduced his groundball percentage by 20 points (54.8% in 2021 to 34.4% in 2022) and increased his flyball rate (17.4% to 37.5%).... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: On bench again Sunday
Taveras is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.
The 21-year-old popped a home run off the bench Saturday, his second homer in three games, but Taveras remains absent from the starting lineup. He is sitting this time in favor of Steven Duggar in center field. Taveras is batting .279/.311/.442 in 17 games with the big-league team after slashing .294/.335/.485 at Triple-A Round Rock this season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Takes seat Saturday
Taveras isn't starting Saturday against the Mets.
Taveras started in the last two games and went 2-for-6 with a solo homer and two strikeouts. Brad Miller, Adolis Garcia and Kole Calhoun are starting in the outfield from left to right.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Slugs first homer
Taveras went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Royals.
Taveras was the Rangers' lone source of offense when he delivered a leadoff home run in the fifth inning. It was his first homer of the season, though he has only 40 plate appearances at the big-league level. Taveras has gotten regular run in center field since being recalled June 13, and he has maintained a .289 average with five runs scored and a stolen base.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Heads to bench
Taveras will sit Tuesday against the Royals.
Taveras has hit a modest .265/.306/.294 with one steal in 13 games since his mid-June call-up, though he's at least slashed his strikeout rate to 22.2 percent after striking out 32.3 percent of the time in his first two years in the league. Steven Duggar will start in center field Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Swipes first bag
Taveras entered Friday's game as a pinch runner and stole a base in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals.
Taveras opened on the bench for the second consecutive game after making eight straight starts. The steal was the first for the outfielder, who's had double-digit thefts every year since joining the organization except for the pandemic-impacted 2020 season (eight in 33 games). Taveras has consistently struggled against MLB pitching, making it difficult to carry his bat in the lineup daily or make use of his speed.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Not starting Friday
Taveras isn't in the lineup Friday against the Nationals.
Taveras went 5-for-13 with a double, two runs and a walk over his last four games but will be out of the lineup for a second consecutive matchup. Brad Miller, Adolis Garcia and Kole Calhoun are starting in the outfield from left to right.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Out of lineup Wednesday
Taveras is not starting Wednesday versus the Phillies.
Taveras will get a breather after he started eight straight games, going 6-for-24 with a double and three runs scored. Adolis Garcia will slide over to center field while Josh H. Smith enters the lineup in left field and bats seventh Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Makes second straight start
Taveras started in center field and went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Houston.
Taveras started both games in center field since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and is 1-for-6 with a walk over seven plate appearances. Taveras can play defense and has the speed to be a contributor in steals, but he needs work at the plate. The 23-year-old outfielder owns a slash line of .187/.250/.318 over 326 major-league plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Joins big club
The Rangers recalled Taveras from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
With Eli White (wrist) landing on the 15-day injured list and set to undergo surgery Tuesday, Taveras will move up to the big club to give the Rangers some added depth in the outfield. The 23-year-old will start in center field and bat ninth in Monday's series opener with the Astros, and he could handle a near-everyday role until the Rangers get one of Mitch Garver or Steele Walker back from the COVID-19-related IL.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Optioned to Triple-A
Taveras was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports.
Taveras was expected to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster, though not in a starting role. However, he was hitless across seven at-bats in spring training and will now begin the season in the minors. Taveras spent the majority of the 2021 season at Round Rock and hit .245/.343/.475 with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases across 381 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Takes seat Sunday
Taveras is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Barring a pinch-hit appearance Sunday, Taveras finishes the season with consecutive hitless games and having gone 5-for-32 in his last 10. DJ Peters is starting in center field Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Retreats to bench
Taveras isn't starting Thursday's game against the Angels.
Taveras has gone 3-for-10 with three runs, an RBI and a stolen base across the last three games. Willie Calhoun, DJ Peters and Adolis Garcia will start in the outfield from left to right.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Plans to play winter ball
Taveras will play for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League, Jeff Wilson of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers told Taveras they want him to be their starting center fielder in 2022, which is how he began 2021 before fizzling out after three weeks (4-for-46, .087). He appears to be a more confident hitter since coming back to the majors, batting .237 with 11 extra-base hits over the last 24 games, although more work is needed, hence his decision to keep playing through the winter. Taveras has a .241 on-base percentage with a 4.3 BB percentage and 27.4 K percentage since rejoining the Rangers in late August.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Swipes bag, scores twice Sunday
Taveras went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in Sunday's 7-4 win over Baltimore.
The outfielder recorded his fourth stolen base in September and his 10th of the season. Taveras has struggled to make an impact with the bat this year, slashing only .169/.208/.288 with three home runs, eight RBI and 13 runs scored across 169 plate appearances. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old should see fairly regular playing time in the final week of the season to audition for a big-league job heading into the 2022 season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Retreats to bench
Taveras isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
Taveras will get a breather after he went 2-for-8 with two doubles, a run and three strikeouts across the last two games. Willie Calhoun, DJ Peters and Adolis Garcia will start in the outfield from left to right.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Not starting Sunday
Taveras is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
Taveras started the past 11 games and will head to the bench after posting a .599 OPS during that span. DJ Peters will move to center field while Willie Calhoun receives the start in left.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Swipes another bag
Taveras went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in Friday's 8-0 loss to the White Sox.
Taveras swiped his ninth bag of the season and seventh in 21 games since getting a second chance with the Rangers. While his season average is a horrid .165, the outfielder hit safely in 13 of the last 16 contests, batting .265 (18-for-68) with an .800 OPS, nine extra-base hits, seven RBI and seven runs.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-1, 160 lbs|
|Birthplace: Tenares, Dominican Republic|
|Bats/Throws: S, R|