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Oscar Francisco Taveras
Born: 6/19/1992 in Puerto Plata, D. Republic
HT/WT: 6-2/200; Position: Outfield

Oct. 26, 2014

Taveras dies in car crash

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday afternoon. He was 22 years old. The outfielder and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were killed in an accident in Puerto Plata on the north coast of the island where Taveras was born.

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Minor League Career Totals
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB .AVG OBP SLG OPS
436 1676 271 536 122 24 53 324 35 144 .320 .376 .516 .892

Quotes

“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family. Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”

Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman

“I simply can't believe it. I first met Oscar when he was 16-years-old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”

John Mozeliak, Sr. VP & GM of the St. Louis Cardinals

“All of us throughout Major League Baseball are in mourning this evening, shocked by the heartbreaking news of the accident involving Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend in the Dominican Republic. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of both individuals, as well as to Oscar's teammates and the entire Cardinals organization.”

Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner

“First of all, it felt like a bad dream that could not be real, and when reality kicked in, my words didn't even seem to make sense. To say this is a horrible loss of a life ended too soon would be an understatement. To talk about the potential of his abilities seemed to be untimely. All I wanted to do was get the guys together and be with our baseball family. I know the hurt that comes along with buying into the brotherhood of a baseball team. That hurt is just as powerful as the joys that come with this life. Not to say it is even close to the depth of pain his true family is going through, but the pain itself is just as real. The ache is deep because the relationships were deep, and forged through time and trials.”

Mike Matheny, Cardinals manager

“He was tremendously special. Right now, I've not thought about how special he was as a baseball player because my thoughts are about what a great human being he was and what a great spirit he was. Just how much fun he had playing the game and living. It is just a sad, sad loss.”

Phillip Wellman, Minor League manager

Career Highlights

Summary of Accomplishments

2014

  • Made his Major League debut on May 31, 2014
  • Hit memorable game-tying homer in NLCS against Giants
  • Rated No. 1 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com
2013
  • Rated No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com
  • Rated No. 1 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com
  • All-Star Futures Game selection
  • Dominican Winter League Rookie of the Year
  • Batted over .300 for the fourth consecutive season
2012
  • Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year
  • Led all STL Minor Leaguers in H, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SLG, OPS
  • Texas League All-Star with Springfield
  • Texas League MVP
  • TOPPS Texas League Player of the Year
  • All-Star Futures Game selection
  • TOPPS Double-A All-Star
  • MiLB.com and Baseball America All-Star
  • Rated No. 1 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com, BA
2011
  • Midwest League batting champion (.386)
  • Twice named MWL Player of the Week
  • TOPPS July MWL Player of the Month
  • MiLB.com Organization All-Star
2010
  • Appalachian League All-Star
  • Led the Johnson City in AVG, H, HR and RBI
2009
  • Made professional debut with DSL Cardinals
  • Led the DSL Cardinals in 2B, 3B, RBI
  • Hit first pro home run vs. DSL Athletics (8/21)