The St. Louis Cardinals announced that top prospect Oscar Taveras was recalled ahead of the series against the San Francisco Giants.
The Cardinals made way for Taveras’ recall by optioning right-handed relief pitcher Jorge Rondon to the Memphis Redbirds. In his Major League debut on Sunday, Rondon threw a scoreless inning and issued a walk.
The 22-year-old outfielder was previously in the majors for a stint of 11 games from May 31 through June 11th. During the 11-game span, Taveras hit .189 with a home run and 2 RBI. When Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak met with the Cardinals bloggers during UCB Weekend, he said that the next time Taveras was promoted that it would be for good.
In 62 games played at Memphis, Taveras hit .318 with 8 home runs and 49 RBI. His batting average ranks 14th in the PCL and the 49 RBI rank 13th in the league.
“He is an amazing player,” Mozeliak said. “He is going to hit. I imagine next time he’s here, he’s here for good.”
The full quote on Taveras from UCB Weekend can be found at Cards Conclave.
This is next time so I would expect that it’s for good. One has to believe that if Oscar is going to get regular playing time, the Cardinals have got to be working behind the scenes on sending Allen Craig or Matt Adams out the door. From the way they have played of late, one has to believe that it will be Craig traded as opposed to Adams.