Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were tragically killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The 22-year-old outfielder and top prospect was set to compete for a starting job in the St. Louis Cardinals outfield in 2015.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Taveras (born June 19, 1992) played as a rookie in the 2014 National League Championship Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run, helping to propel the Cardinals to a victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.
Taveres was one of the highest-rated prospects in all of Minor League Baseball. He was the recipient of many awards and won batting titles in three minor leagues, including in the Midwest League with a .386 batting average in 2011. Through 2013, Taveras' career minor league batting average was .320 with 45 home runs and 275 runs batted in in 374 games.