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September 27, 2020 09:28 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Swipes two bags Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 27, 2020 05:12 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Homers Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 26, 2020 05:08 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Returns to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 26, 2020 06:56 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Held out with back issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Texas manager Chris Woodward said Taveras was held out of Friday's game with a back issue, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Taveras had started 30 consecutive games since being called up Aug. 24, so it was natural to assume Friday was a rest day. Woodward did not elaborate on the injury.

September 25, 2020 05:00 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Heads to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras will sit Friday against the Astros.

Taveras made his first big-league start back in late August and proceeded to start each of the next 30 games. He hasn't done all that much with the playing time, however, striking out in 31.5 percent of his plate appearances en route to a .229/.317/.385 slash line. Eli White starts in center field in his absence.

September 20, 2020 01:24 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Homers and steals base in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in a 4-3 loss to the Angels on Saturday.

Taveras led off the game with a home run off Andrew Heaney, and in the seventh inning, Taveras knocked a two-out single and stole second but couldn't come around to score. The center fielder is up to three homers, five steals, three RBI and 14 runs scored while batting .231/.314/.396 in 26 games.

September 17, 2020 08:44 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Regular in 2021?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Texas manager Chris Woodward said Taveras could be the starting center fielder Opening Day in 2021, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Taveras, who had two hits in four at-bats in Wednesday's win over the Astros, has made 22 straight starts in center field since being called up late August. "Just based on the quality of his game," Woodward said. "He can man center field just about as good as anybody in the big leagues. That's a huge plus. He could not hit at all and still be valuable. His speed, the way he runs the bases, is a huge asset. Obviously, you have to get on base, but the way he works the strike zone is a huge plus for a younger player." Taveras, who had no experience beyond Double-A entering 2020, is slashing .228/.322/.380 over 23 games this season, but the exposure to MLB pitching should hasten his development.

September 12, 2020 10:36 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Swipes fourth bag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a 10-6 loss to the Athletics on Friday.

The speedster continues to make an impact on the bases since being called up. Unfortunately, hitting leadoff on a team with the second-fewest runs scored in the league doesn't generate a ton of fantasy appeal. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old is slashing a healthy .259/.355/.556 over his last seven games.

September 10, 2020 12:12 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Swipes third bag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 1-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base Wednesday against the Angels.

Taveras had a strong all-around performance, highlighted by a double steal in the sixth frame during which he stole home. He now has three stolen bases on the season and has also utilized his speed to score 10 runs through 16 games. Despite a 32 percent strikeout rate, Taveras has also maintained a respectable .323 on-base percentage across 62 plate appearances.

September 7, 2020 07:16 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Launches second home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

Taveras was part of the Rangers' first three-HR game of the season. Unfortunately, all were solo blasts and they were not enough. He's become an everyday member of the lineup, having appeared in every game since his callup Aug. 24.

September 3, 2020 11:20 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Moving to leadoff spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras will bat leadoff for the rest of the season, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Taveras has batted leadoff a few times in his brief MLB career, but that was when Shin-Soo Choo was injured. With this season's focus shifting toward the development of younger talent, the Rangers will get a look at Taveras as the everyday leadoff hitter. "The speed and the ability to kind of see pitches and stay in the strike zone, control the strike zone. He's got an elite quality," manager Chris Woodward said. "Some of our guys control the strike zone, but they don't have the speed. He's a switch hitter, so it doesn't really matter what side they're throwing from." Taveras has six hits in 27 at-bats with four walks and 10 strikeouts over nine games.

August 30, 2020 10:20 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Slugs first career homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run Saturday against the Dodgers.

Taveras took Ross Stripling deep in the third inning to record the first home run and RBI of his career. He was called up to the big-league squad Aug. 24 and has exactly one hit in four of his five starts since. Overall, Taveras is 4-for-16 with a stolen base and two runs scored.

August 27, 2020 08:08 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Dropped to ninth
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Athletics.

Taveras made his third straight start in center field but was dropped to ninth in the order to make room for Shin-Soo Choo's return. The 21-year-old outfield prospect is 2-for-10 with a walk and four strikeouts in his introduction to MLB.

August 27, 2020 06:08 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Makes second straight start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras started in center field and went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 10-3 loss to Oakland.

Taveras started and batted leadoff for the second straight game, as the Rangers navigate injuries. Scott Heineman had been playing there, but the Rangers appear to be moving on in evaluating their young prospects.

August 25, 2020 10:48 AM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Records first major-league hit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras went 1-for-3 with a single and walk in Monday's 3-2 win over Oakland.

Taveras roped a single to left field off Jesus Luzardo for his first hit in the big leagues. The 21-year old added a walk later in the ball game. It's unclear exactly how the Rangers plan on using Taveras, but given that he batted leadoff Monday, it seems fair to reason that he'll be in the mix going forward.

August 24, 2020 05:20 PM
Rangers' Leody Taveras: Rejoins 28-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taveras was recalled from the Rangers' alternate training site Monday.

Taveras was optioned to the team's alternate training site after the opening series this season, but he'll return to the major-league roster to take the place of Rob Refsnyder, who was designated for assignment Monday. He'll lead off for the Rangers on Monday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

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.

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