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July 31, 2017

Monday Morning Ten Pack

July 31, 2017

by BP Prospect Staff


Leody Taveras, CF, Texas Rangers (Low-A Hickory)
We ranked Taveras 30th on our midseason list off a combination of internal looks and industry reports. This was my first look at Taveras and as the person whose name has to go on these lists...WELP, he should have been higher. The funny thing is I figured this out before he took an at-bat in the first game of my long weekend look at him in Lakewood. I hit brutal traffic on the Garden State—as one does—and didn't get to the Shore in time for batting practice. So literally the first time I laid eyes on Taveras was in the on-deck circle in the top of the first. It's a great baseball body and you could see the premium bat speed with a donut on the lumber. The overall stat line for the three games won't wow you, but he has an advanced approach for his age, and I think given the loft in the swing and the plus-plus whip, he will eventually show good game power. He had no problem squaring Sixto Sanchez’s fastball for example. The swing looks better from the left side than the right side at present. He's a bit more tentative against southpaws, but given more reps I don't see it as a huge issue in the future. He's a sure shot center fielder with requisite flair out there too (I suspect he knows exactly how good he is). He's a plus runner with a solid arm too, so there’s a better chance for a major league floor here than you'd expect from an 18-year-old hitting .250 in the Sally. And there is all-star level upside if the bat continues to develop. Amend your lists accordingly. —Jeffrey Paternostro

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