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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras does 'extensive running'

The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to have top hitting prospect Oscar Taveras healthy and ready to go so that they have him as an option for the 2014 season.

They received good news in that regard on Wednesday, as Taveras did “extensive running” for the first time since ankle surgery that cut his 2013 season short.

Manager Mike Matheny had the following to say about Taveras’s progress (quotes from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch):

I watched him from a distance…It sounds like everything is moving forward very well. Looks like he’s in great shape. Everybody does.

“He’s been working hard, doing a lot of short movements, explosive movements. This should lead him to being ready to go.”

At 21 years old, Taveras is largely considered a can’t miss prospect, consistently appearing at the very top of top prospect lists. In 531 double-A plate appearances in 2012, Taveras batted .321/.380/.572. In limited action in triple-A last year he still batted .306/.341/.462 in 186 plate appearances.

Some folks wondered if the team’s trade for Peter Bourjos this off-season blocked Taveras’s path to the big leagues. That deal might have simply bought the Cardinals a little more time so that Taveras isn’t rushed to the Major League level, though, because once he reaches the show he won’t be going anywhere.

As long as he is healthy, that should be happening sooner rather than later.

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