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.
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.
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.
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