Leody Taveras…cousins include former Big League centerfielder Willy Taveras and former Ranger farmhand Luis Taveras, a catcher who played with the organization from 1997-2001 and reached as high as AAA.
Served as the Rangers primary center fielder and leadoff batter for the last half of the season, his 1st Major League action…had two stints with Texas: Opening Day-7/28 and 8/24-end of season…retains his rookie status for 2021 after spending just 37 days on the active roster…made his Major League debut as reserve CF on 7/24 vs. COL at 21 years, 320 days old, youngest TEX pos. player to debut on O.D. since Hank Blalock (21.131) on 4/1/02…lone game action before he was optioned to the Alt. Site on 7/28…was recalled from the Alternate Training Site on 8/24 and started 25 of 26 G to close the season (all in CF)…in that span ranked among club leaders in XBH (1st, 11), BB (1st, 14), R (1st, 20), SB (1st, 8), times on base (2nd, 41), TB (2nd, 47), HR (T2nd, 4)…produced 1.1 rWAR (baseball-reference), 3rd-highest among Texas position players to Kiner-Falefa (1.8) and Gallo (1.2).
Finished with career highs in H (145), 3B (8), RBI (56), SB (32), and BB (54) while reaching Double-A for the 1st time…tied Miguel Aparicio for the org. lead in 3B while finishing 2nd in H (146-Zack Granite) and T2nd in SB (33-Yonny Hernandez, 32-Taveras/J.P. Martinez)…named mid-season All-Star for Down East and was promoted to Frisco on 6/20…batted .239 (39-163) in 1st 42 G w/ Frisco before posting a .307 BA (31-101) in final 23 G…slashed .282/.349/.397/.746 vs. RHP and .270/.326/.310/.636 vs. LHP…began season as Texas' 3rd-best prospect and the 10th-youngest player in the Carolina League according to Baseball America…rated by the same publication as the 14th-best prospect in the Texas League, and named CL's best defensive outfielder in the Best Tools rankings…saw action defensively at all 3 OF positions, but received a majority of his starts in CF (98 GS)…recorded 12 outfield assists.
WINTER LEAGUE: Played for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League for the 2nd straight offseason, batting .290/.327/.320/.647 (29-100) with 5 RBI and 6 SB in 29 games.
Represented Down East at the Carolina League All-Star Game…ranked among CL leaders in games (T2nd, 132), hits (T4th, 128), triples (T4th, 7), and stolen bases (T9th, 19)...entered season as the 3rd-youngest player in the circuit according to Baseball America...closed campaign with 21-G on-base streak, a stretch in which he batted .284/.351/.398/.748 (25-88)...also reached safely in 16 straight G from 5/4-20 at .338 (22-65)...the switch-hitter hit all 5 HR from the left side of the plate...participated in the 2018 Futures Game on 7/15 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. as a member of the World team...started 123 games in center field and recorded career-high 13 outfield assists...rated CL's best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm by Baseball America…batted .229 (8-35) in 16 G for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League.
Ranked as the 29th-best prospect in baseball in MLB.com's season-ending top prospects list…named the 3rd-best prospect in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America…finished T7th in the SAL with 130 hits…tied for the league lead with 128 games in the outfield, compiling a .989 fielding percentage (3 E/285 TC)… was named the organization's Minor League Defender of the Month for both April and July…began the season as the 5thyoungest player in the SAL and led the league with 134 games played and 522 at-bats.