One of the biggest wild cards for spring training is top prospect Oscar Taveras. The prized outfielder was well on his way to the major leagues a season ago until he hurt his ankle playing for AAA-Memphis.
He hurt it twice actually.
The injury robbed Taveras a chance at making his big league debut. It also ended any chance of appearing in the postseason. Still, with hard work the young prospect is working to get himself ready for spring training in Jupiter, Florida.
“I feel 100%,” Taveras said. “I saw the doctor (Friday) and he said my ankle is fine. It’s good. So we’re ready for spring training and I’m ready to work hard.”
It’s unclear exactly where Taveras stands on the roster right now. Matt Holliday and Allen Craig are entrenched in the starting outfield. Peter Bourjos projects as the starting centerfielder. Jon Jay and Shane Robinson also return.
It is quite possible Taveras could find himself in AAA to begin the year to make up for the loss of at-bats he had in 2013. But it’s also quite possible he could show his health and perform so well in Florida that he forces his way onto the team.
We’ll begin to get our answer in the next couple months.