(born December 25, 1981, in Tenares
, Dominican Republic
) is a Major League Baseball center fielder
who is currently playing for the Colorado Rockies
Taveras played in 10 games at the end of the Astros
season, mostly as a pinch runner
In , he led the majors in infield hits
hits (31), and singles (152), and was tops among rookies in runs (82), hits (172), and stolen bases (34; 6th in the NL). He hit .291. Taveras was the Astros' starting center fielder during his rookie season (2005), replacing Carlos Beltrán
, who signed with the New York Mets
in the offseason. After the season, Taveras was voted National League Rookie of the Year
by the players (Ryan Howard
of the Philadelphia Phillies
won the actual Rookie of the Year Award).
In , Taveras' batting average regressed to .278, though he again led the majors in bunt hits (21) and had 33 stolen bases
(10th in the NL), but just 30 RBI.
On December 12, 2006, Taveras was traded along with Taylor Buchholz
and Jason Hirsh
by the Astros to the Colorado Rockies
for Rockies pitchers Jason Jennings
and Miguel Asencio
In a 22-inning game played between April 17–18, , at Petco Park
, Taveras set a Rockies' club record with 10 at-bats
in the game.
He led MLB with 68 stolen bases during the 2008 season, and led the NL with 24 bunt hits. At the same time, his .296 slugging percentage was the lowest in the majors. Defensively, however, he had the lowest... Read More