Leody Taveras, Texas Rangers center field prospect, has been promoted from high-A Down East to AA Frisco, it was announced today.
Taveras, 20, had appeared on top 100 prospect lists the last few seasons, but drafted off some last offseason because, while he has garnered praise for his terrific defense in the outfield and his ability to hold his own against older competition, his lack of progress with the bat has led to questions about whether he will hit enough to be an impact player. After posting a .246/.312/.342 slash line at high-A Down East in 2018, Taveras returned there to start the 2019 season, and has improved, slashing .294/.368/.376 so far this season, with 21 steals in 26 attempts.
Taveras will likely handle center field duties for Frisco the rest of the season as one of the youngest players in the Texas League (though he was still the 10th youngest player in the Carolina League when the 2019 season started). Taveras is currently viewed as a plus defender in center who also can steal bases, with the questions being about whether he will be able to hit for enough power to make him more than just a glove guy. We will have the chance to see him take on that challenge out in Frisco the rest of the summer.