Time to pick up Taveras ... now

The Cardinals' recent call-up has All-Star -- maybe future MVP -- talent

Updated: June 1, 2014, 8:20 AM ET
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider

Oscar TaverasScott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports
There haven't been many hitting prospects who have been as hyped as much as Oscar Taveras, and for good reason. Taveras' offensive talent is immense, and he has hit at every level he has been at in his time in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. An ankle injury killed any chances of him making the 2014 big league roster out of spring training, but assuming he hit Triple-A pitching like he'd hit everywhere else, it was only a matter of time before Taveras received his call-up.

To nobody's surprise, Taveras did just that, posting an .897 OPS for Memphis, and he has been rewarded for his success by receiving a call-up to St. Louis, replacing DL-bound Matt Adams as the Cardinals begin a stretch of games in which they'll be able to use him as both an outfielder and a designated hitter in the American League.

Here's a look at what you can expect from Taveras as a major leaguer in 2014, and why he's an absolute must-own for this year and the future.

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