The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have recalled rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras from Memphis (AAA) and placed first baseman Matt Adams (left calf strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 29.
The 21-year-old Taveras, who will be making his Major League debut, was batting a team-leading .325 (62-for-191) at Memphis with 7 home runs and 40 RBI in 49 games. The left-handed hitting outfielder was batting a lofty.479 (23-for-48) with runners in scoring position and he was hitting at a .344 clip against lefties.
A native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Taveras was signed by the Cardinals as an international free-agent in November of 2008 and has produced a .321 batting average with 52 home runs and 315 RBI in 423 career games in the minors. He won batting titles in both 2011 (Quad Cities, Midwest League; .386) and 2012 (Springfield, Texas League; .321) and was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year and the Texas League Player of the Year in 2012 while helping Springfield to the league championship.
The 6-2, 200-pound Taveras has been rated by Baseball America as the Cardinals top prospect each of the past two seasons.
Taveras has been assigned uniform no. 18.