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June 5, 2013

Painting the Black

On the Man Who's Blocking Oscar Taveras

by R.J. Anderson


The projected Super Two window closes in the coming weeks, marking a joyous occasion. In addition to freeing mindful teams to promote their top prospects, it allows fans to enjoy the young talents and mad season the whole mess entails. Any injury, stretch of poor play, off day, or in-game removal is grounds for promotion chatter—especially when it involves top prospects like Zack Wheeler or Wil Myers. Another well-regarded prospect deserving high-alert status is Oscar Taveras—known as OSCAR around these parts.

On the surface Taveras, who is currently on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, faces an easier path to the majors than Wheeler and Myers do. Unlike Wheeler's Mets, Taveras' Cardinals are competitive, and unlike the players in front of Myers, those in front of Taveras are underperforming. Taken together those variables would point toward a promotion in the near future—except there's a reasonable chance Taveras may not see the majors anytime soon.

The holdup starts with the aforementioned player ahead of Taveras on the depth chart: Jon Jay. Depending on the defensive evaluation Jay falls somewhere between an okay and a good player. He's older than his service time suggests, having gone to college and then spent parts of five seasons in the minors. Yet Jay might be a better hitter than his once-meager prospect status suggests. He entered the 2012 season with a career .300/.359/.414 line. Not bad for a flexible outfield defender under control through the 2016 season.

Unfortunately for Jay, and the Cardinals, his early-season struggles have caused wandering eyes. At the start of play on Tuesday, Jay's line sat at .241/.316/.347, thanks in large part to a poor April (.213/.293/.337). Manager Mike Matheny di

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