Taveras was optioned to the Rangers' alternate training site Monday.
Taveras got off to an incredibly slow start this year and hit just .087 with one RBI and two stolen bases in 15 games. He had been out of the lineup in four of the last six contests and will now attempt to sort things out at the team's alternate training site. Adolis Garcia should continue to serve as the primary center fielder going forward, while Eli White could also see a slight uptick in playing time.
Taveras went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Angels.
Taveras was a healthy scratch in the last two games and three of four, as Adolis Garcia, who served as the DH on Wednesday, has emerged as the team's primary's center fielder. Perhaps the free-swinging Taveras learned a lesson from his spell on the bench; Wednesday's two bases on balls doubled his season total.
Taveras is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Angels, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
It seems that Adolis Garcia has taken the starting center field job, at least for the time being. Taveras is hitting .098 with a 19:1 K:BB in 13 games.
Taveras isn't starting Monday's game against the Angels.
Taveras will take a seat for the second time in the last three games after he went just 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts in his last five contests. Adolis Garcia will take over in center field once again Monday, batting eighth.
Taveras isn't starting Saturday's game against the Orioles.
Taveras had gone just 1-for-11 with a stolen base and four strikeouts in the last three games. Adolis Garcia will start in center field Saturday, batting fourth.
Taveras went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Thursday's 6-4 extra-inning win over the Rays.
Taveras' fourth-inning theft was his second steal in as many attempts this season. His meager plate production (.111 AVG) and on-base ability (.158 OBP) mitigates his speed on the base paths and could eventually bump him from a regular role. For now, however, the rebuilding Rangers will give Taveras plenty of chances, which could translate to double-digit steals.
Taveras is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.
He finally gave his fantasy managers a stolen base over the weekend, but it has otherwise been a really rough start to the campaign for Taveras. Eli White draws the start in center field while batting eighth.
Taveras went 0-for-3, was hit by a pitch and stole a base in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Padres.
Taveras has the legs to steal bags; however, he hasn't done much at the plate to get on base. Sunday's HBP was just the fourth time in 27 plate appearances (.148 OBP) he's reached base safely.
Taveras isn't starting Saturday's game against the Padres.
Taveras has gone just 2-for-22 with a run, one RBI and 12 strikeouts to begin the season. Eli White will take over in center field Saturday while Ronald Guzman serves as the designated hitter.
Taveras went 1-for-3 and struck out twice in Tuesday's 7-4 win over Toronto.
Taveras' sixth-inning, infield single was his first hit of the 2021 campaign. Prior to that, the center-field prospect amassed 11 strikeouts over his first 15 at-bats. There's a likely chance the Rangers are going nowhere in 2021, so they can give Taveras a long leash, but at some point, the club may want to give Eli White consistent at-bats in center field.
Taveras will sit for the first time this season Monday against Toronto, Chris Halicke of SI.com reports.
Taveras started each of the first three games of the season, but he hardly could have been less impressive at the plate. He went 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts in the opening series against the Royals. It's a discouraging start for a player who also struggled last year, striking out 32.1 percent of the time while hitting just .227 in his 33-game debut. Eli White gets the nod in center field in his absence.
Taveras went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's 11-4 loss to the Royals.
Taveras, who has lined up in center field the first two games, has struck out five times in nine at-bats to kick off the season. He also lost a ball in the sun Saturday that led to Kansas City runs. It's a rocky start for the young center fielder, who entered spring training with a chance to be the team's leadoff hitter, but poor at-bats ended that experiment. He's batted eighth in both games played. Texas manager Chris Woodward said Taveras and Eli White will share center field, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, but the manager did not elaborate on how that timeshare would be broken down.
Taveras has been informed that he'll make the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Taveras had a slow start to spring training, but he hit his stride in recent weeks and will serve as a top option in center field this season along with Eli White. Across 13 Cactus League games, Taveras has hit .282 with five extra-base hits, five RBI and four runs.
Taveras batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's spring game against the Reds.
After a slow start to the spring, Taveras may have found his timing. The young center fielder has hit in four straight, going 6-for-15 with three doubles, a triple and three RBI. It may help that Eli White, his main challenger for center field, has had a strong spring and is pushing Taveras.
Taveras went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's spring game against Milwaukee.
Taveras had gone 12 Cactus League at-bats without a hit before his third-inning double halted that skid. Texas manager Chris Woodward is considering others for the leadoff job, but Taveras is still very much in the mix for center field.
Taveras appears to have lost out on his bid to be the Rangers' leadoff hitter, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Taveras entered camp with a chance to be both the Rangers' starting center fielder and hit leadoff, but he's been dropped to ninth in the order for games this week. Isiah Kiner-Falefa was used atop the order Thursday while Taveras went 0-for-2. "He's got to earn his way back up there. The at-bat quality hasn't been what we'd like to see," said manager Chris Woodward. Taveras has one hit and four strikeouts in 13 spring at-bats but is still the favorite to start in center due to his defensive prowess.
Taveras went 1-for-2 in Monday's spring game against the Giants.
The Rangers are going to test Taveras this spring, as he's considered their leading candidate to start in center field and lead off, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports. He filled both roles Monday. "We'll see how he responds to it," said Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels. "I like the idea that there's some pressure on him." The Rangers are also evaluating Eli White and brought back Delino DeShields, who spent several years in the organization, for depth in center field.
Taveras went 2-for-5 with two RBI, two stolen bases, one run and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Astros.
Taveras homered Saturday, and he made the most of his two singles in Sunday's season finale. He stole two bases in the eighth inning as the Rangers secured an 8-4 win. The 22-year-old took over as the starting center fielder in his first major-league season as he hit .227 with four home runs, six RBI and eight stolen bases over 33 games.
Taveras went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Astros.
Taveras had back-to-back jacks with Jeff Mathis in the seventh as he followed up Mathis' three-run blast with a solo shot of his own to put the Rangers up 5-1. The 22-year-old figures to be a long-term piece of the Rangers' rebuild as he heads into the final day of the regular season hitting .219/.305/.395 with 19 runs scored and six stolen bases in 32 games.
Taveras (back) will lead off and play center field Saturday against Houston.
Taveras missed Friday's game with a back issue, but it was evidently a minor one. He's good to go for the final two games of his rookie season and will look to improve on his .702 OPS.
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|2019||AFA-Down East Wood Ducks||66||255||44||75||7||4||2||25||31||62||21||5||.294||.368||.377|