Leody Taveras Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 171 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/8/1998 (22)
Leody Taveras Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Leody Taveras News
The Texas Rangers called up former Korean standout pitcher Hyeon-Jong Yang from the alternate site on Monday before their series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. Struggling rookie center fielder Leody Taveras was optioned in a corresponding move. First baseman/outfielder Ronald Guzman (knee) was also moved to the 60-day injured list. The 33-year-old left-hander was the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2017. He won the nation's ERA title in 2015 and 2019 with the Kia Tigers. Taveras was batting just .087 (4-for-46) with one RBI in 15 games (14 starts) this season. Guzman suffered a right knee meniscus tear and will have season-ending surgery on Wednesday. Yang will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Texas Rangers rookie outfielder Leody Taveras has elite speed. He ranks fifth on the sprint-speed leaderboard in the early going in 2021 with a sprint speed of 29.4 feet per second. He's only one spot below Byron Buxton on that list and is tied with him on runs that exceed the elite level of 30 feet per second with five each. Taveras entered the season with a 70 grade on his run tool, per MLB Pipeline. He also has a great arm, and the combination of his speed and great defense is what made him a borderline top-100 prospect. Taveras made a throw from center field on Opening Day that measured 97.3 mph, the third-hardest throw by an outfielder in 2021. If he can ever get the bat working -- he's slashing .111/.158/.111 -- the 22-year-old could be very dangerous. He does have two stolen bases, but he's struck out 16 times with just one walk to begin the season.
Texas Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras and utility player Eli White have both made the club's opening day roster. The switch-hitting Dominican is expected to be the regular centerfielder. He has produced a .736 OPS but with a modest BB-K of 1-9 in 13 spring games. Last season in the majors, Taveras had a 93 wRC+ with four home runs and eight stolen bases in 33 games. Speed and defensive skills are his greatest assets. White has produced a .984 OPS this spring while playing multiple positions. Last season in the majors, he produced a 24 wRC+ in 19 games. He's expected to back up all three outfield spots while also seeing time at first base. His versatility is his greatest asset.
Texas Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras was a surprise call-up for the Rangers last year and finished his debut season with a respectable .227/.308/.395 slash line in 33 games. His biggest fantasy asset is speed, which was on full display when he converted all eight stolen base attempts while also hitting four homers. Taveras spent the vast majority of his time as the Rangers leadoff hitter, which led to him scoring 20 runs with six RBI. Given the fact that he'd never reached higher than the Double-A level (and only played 65 games there) prior to his call-up, his 32.1% strikeout rate last year won't come as a surprise. Taveras did also manage a decent 10.4% walk rate. Given that the Rangers are unlikely to be playing for much in 2021, there's a decent chance that they'll continue having Taveras bat leadoff to utilize his speed on the bases, which was in the 96th percentile last year. That should also continue to lead to a good amount of runs scored. Taveras does possess a bit of power, and double-digit homers in 2021 should be achievable. The projections all have Taveras with a batting average between .240-.250 -- which won't be a big drain for fantasy teams -- with 25-plus stolen base potential in the leadoff spot. With an ADP of around 202, Taveras should be a key contributor of stolen bases and runs.