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65 Leody Taveras CF

Texas Rangers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
4%0%
Key Stats
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Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2020TEX1000000000.000.000.000

Player Updates

July 29, 2020 11:24 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Optioned to alternate squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras was optioned to the Rangers' alternate training site Tuesday.

Taveras was a somewhat surprising inclusion on the Rangers' Opening Day roster and went on to appear in just one of the team's first three games, serving as a defensive replacement and failing to receive an at-bat. Adolis Garcia was recalled to fill his bench role.

July 22, 2020 11:52 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras earned a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Taveras hasn't shown much offensively during his minor-league career and had a .695 OPS at Double-A Frisco last season, but he'll receive a major-league opportunity to begin 2020. The 21-year-old is likely to fill a niche role as a pinch runner and defensive replacement, as he already possesses major-league quality defense and had 32 steals in the minors in 2019.

July 19, 2020 08:48 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Could fill niche role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras could make the active roster as a defensively sound outfielder with speed, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The unusual season and expanded rosters present an opportunity for a specialist like Taveras. He's played only 65 games above High-A and there are serious questions as to whether his bat can carry him as an everyday outfielder, but manager Chris Woodward sees the value he could bring in a quirky season. "He's that guy," Woodward said. "That's just the way he fits with speed and defense. There is a lot of value in that. He understands what that role would be." The Rangers already have five outfielders, but some are new to the position, still learning or considered below-average defenders. Another use for Taveras would be as the runner placed on second base to start extra innings. The Rangers must evaluate whether having a specialist like this is worth the service time Taveras would accrue toward arbitration and free agency.

April 17, 2020 10:48 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Org waits on hitting
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rangers believe Taveras will eventually develop into an average hitter, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Taveras already brings MLB-ready defense to the outfield, but his .695 OPS following a mid-season promotion to Double-A Frisco was a red flag. He has above-average speed, but there is a challenge to him getting on base (.320 OBP at Frisco). Taveras has survived offensively in the lower levels of the minors, but much of his contact was weak, and his strikeout rate jumped five points as he attempted to add more power last year. At this point, Taveras profiles as an elite defender with below-average offense. That means he's a fourth outfielder unless he can develop the hit tool.

March 11, 2020 03:52 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Optioned to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras was optioned to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

Taveras played 65 games for Frisco last season but didn't set the world on fire, hitting three homers and stealing 11 bases while posting a .265/.320/.375 slash line. The Rangers are evidently looking for something more from him before he's promoted to the Triple-A level.

November 20, 2019 01:20 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Shielded from Rule 5 draft
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras' contract was selected by the Rangers on Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

Scouts like both Taveras' hit tool and his speed, though he's yet to show much power. He stole 32 bases while hitting a combined .279/.344/.376 between High-A Down East and Double-A Frisco last season.

June 21, 2019 11:20 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Promoted to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras was promoted to Double-A Frisco on Thursday.

This was an inevitability as long as Taveras was solid in a repeat tour of High-A. After posting a .246/.312/.332 slash line with 19 steals in 132 games last season at that level, he hit .294/.368/.376 with 21 steals in 66 games this year. He still isn't showing much power, but if he can hit for a high average, he should develop into an everyday center fielder who steals 20-plus bases annually.

April 6, 2019 03:16 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Gets on base four times
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras started hot Thursday, going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, four RBI, a run scored and a stolen base (one two attempts) against High-A Carolina.

Taveras, the No. 3 prospect for the Rangers, had a strong debut in his return to High-A Down East. The 20-year-old didn't have a four-hit game all of last year, so this may be indicative of improvement at the plate. Taveras has stolen double-digit bases every year in the minors, so if he is able to get more comfortable at the plate he could be a multi-tool asset.

April 4, 2019 10:36 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Repeat tour of Carolina League
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras will return to High-A Down East to start the season, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.

He had a full, healthy season at High-A last year and was a below-league-average hitter (85 wRC+), so it's not surprising to see him sent for a second tour of the Carolina League. Taveras looks the part of a future big-league center fielder and won't turn 21 until September, but at some point he will need to start producing against full-season pitching if he is to remain a noteworthy prospect.

July 16, 2018 02:12 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Trying season at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras has six hits in his last 46 at-bats and is slashing .239/.312/.319 for High-A Down East, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The 19-year-old Taveras had held his own at the advanced-for-his-age level over the first six weeks of the season, but he has fallen off since. His bat is a major question, and that's what's prompted one National League scout to lower his grade on Taveras from 60 (plus player) to 50 (average regular). The scout thinks Taveras often looks off-balance and guessing at the plate. At such a young age -- he's the sixth-youngest player in the Carolina League -- time is on his side, but we wouldn't be shocked if the organization has him repeat at Down East.

May 7, 2018 11:48 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Holds up well at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 2-for-5 with a walk, a triple and a run scored for High-A Down East on Sunday.

Taveras, the Rangers' top hitting prospect at age 19, is the third-youngest player in the High-A Carolina League and is holding up well. The switch-hitting center fielder has 27 hits in 28 games and has a career-high 14.3 BB% while avoiding any protracted slumps through the first month of the season. He doesn't project to hit for much power but should steal 20 bases while sticking in center field for years to come.

March 28, 2018 07:04 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Set to open at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras will open the season at High-A Down East, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Taveras spent 2017 as an 18-year-old at Low-A Hickory, posting a respectable .249/.312/.360 line, good for a 96 wRC+. He's a lock to stay in center field and could be a four-tool player, above average everywhere except in the power department. He's still pretty far from a major-league call-up, but if he keeps developing at the High-A level, his stock in dynasty leagues could shoot up this season.

August 10, 2017 02:32 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Scuffling recently at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras, 18, is hitting just .189 over his last 10 games for Low-A Hickory.

It's important not to get bogged down in these small stretches for Taveras, who -- at just 18 years of age -- has huge upside but is still several years away from making a big-league impact. Overall, he is hitting .246/.305/.357 with seven home runs and 16 steals. He has just 71 strikeouts in 109 games, showing plate discipline beyond his years. The switch-hitter is among the elite bunch of baseball's outfield prospects.

July 9, 2017 03:48 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Plugging away at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras, 18, is slashing .265/.318/.374 with five home runs, 37 RBI and 13 steals through 82 games for Low-A Hickory.

Taveras has more walks (seven) than strikeouts (five) over his last 10 contests for the Crawdads. The toolsy Taveras has emerged as one of the most highly touted outfield prospects in the minors, but he remains several years away from hitting the big leagues.

June 1, 2017 01:40 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Holding his own at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras, 18, is slashing .273/.321/.400 with four home runs, 23 RBI and eight steals through 52 games for Low-A Hickory.

The switch-hitting centerfielder has shown glimpses of his enormous potential, and it looks as though he'll have double-digit potential in both home runs and steals. Perhaps most impressively, he is not striking out as much as one would expect a teenager in his first year of full-season ball. He won't hit the big leagues for several years, but Taveras has tremendous upside for the Rangers.

April 11, 2017 11:16 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Power showing up at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras, 18, is hitting .350/.435/.650 with two home runs and a 4:3 K:BB in 20 at-bats for Low-A Hickory.

In five games, he has already doubled his homer total as a professional in 73 games prior to this season. Taveras' stock will trend up if he just holds his own in a full-season league as an 18-year-old, but if he continues to rake like this, his stock will absolutely explode. He has legitimate five-category potential, and could continue to be pushed aggressively through the minors if he keeps hitting.

August 2, 2016 11:30 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Promoted to short-season Spokane
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras, 17, was promoted to short-season Spokane on Tuesday, Baseball America's Ben Badler reports.

Getting the call to short-season ball from the Arizona League is quite the accomplishment for a 17-year-old, and it speaks to Taveras' well-rounded set of tools. He hit .301/.360/.415 with one home run and 15 steals (in 22 attempts) across the AZL and Dominican Summer League en route to the impressive promotion. After the Rangers' flurry of trades at the deadline, Taveras ranks as the third best prospect in the system for dynasty league purposes.

July 20, 2016 03:58 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Showing well-rounded skills in rookie ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras, 17, is hitting .315/.376/.434 with one home run, four triples, six doubles and 14 steals (on 20 attempts) in 143 at-bats across the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona League.

One of the top prospects to sign in last year's J-2 period, Taveras is off to an excellent start to his professional career. The speed and outfield defense will always be there, but if he can continue to show a strong hit tool and good approach, Taveras has the potential to be a fantasy monster. He won't reach the majors for another four or five years, but the time to roster him in dynasty leagues is now.

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Batting Stats
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Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2016R-DSL Rangers2113961522096543.385.467.538
2016R-AZL Rangers331442240631151124114.278.329.382
2016ASX-Spokane291231428610982631.228.271.293
2017AFX-Hickory Crawdads134522731302078504792206.249.312.360
2018AFA-Down East Wood Ducks1325216512816754851961911.246.312.332
2019AFA-Down East Wood Ducks662554475742253162215.294.368.377
2019AAX-Frisco RoughRiders6526432701243312360118.265.320.375
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/160
Birthdate:
9/8/1998
Age:
21
Hometown:
Tenares, DR
Bats/Throws:
S/R
Team:
Texas Rangers
College:

MLB Experience:
1