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Gauging Oscar Taveras' value

6/2/2014
Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the first week of June, in which the youngest baseball players will be on display as the sport’s annual draft is scheduled to begin Thursday night. Then over the next few weeks fantasy owners should see several major league-ready prospects selected years earlier get long-presumed tickets to the majors, led by Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco. The St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t wait, as an injury to first baseman Matt Adams forced their hand and gave us talented outfielder Oscar Taveras on Saturday. Taveras homered in his second at-bat and sans delay he's fantasy's most-added player. I'm actually going to skip my normal caveat about most hitting prospects struggling initially and needing to adjust to tougher pitchers because I just don't think Taveras will have too many problems.