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Oscar Taveras, the lineup card, & player development

Oscar Taveras, the lineup card, & player development

Manager Mike Matheny has presented a false choice in his frame of his decision to relegate Oscar Taveras to the role of bench bat. As Matt Adams climbed up the St. Louis Cardinals organizational ladder, I maintained a healthy level of skepticism about the slugger’s ability to develop into a middle-of-the-order bat in the big leagues. Adams won the Texas League Player of the Year award in 2011 with a .300/.357/.566/.923 line that included 32 homers and 101 RBI in 115 games to boot. Daniel Descalso hitting .326/.397/.520/.917 in the Texas League over 82 games between 2008 and 2009 was still...

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