What can the Texas Rangers expect from Leody Taveras?
Taveras is a wizard with the glove.
Leody Taveras has always been known in the Ranger’s system as a defense-first, bat-second kind of player.
There is very good reason to believe that to be true, and his stats only further this point.
Over his five years in professional ball, Taveras sports a .983 fielding percentage and has the ability to play all three outfield spots.
In his two seasons playing for the Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Republic, Taveras had a .989 fielding percentage and only made one error.
That being said, Taveras can handle himself pretty well in the spacious confines of Globe Life Field.
Diving into the numbers, he ranks 19th among big leaguers when it comes to best outfield jumps.
According to Statcast, Taveras also completes 60% of the 2+ star rated catches, meaning that his highlight reel is above average.
Taveras is quite literally a walking highlight reel, and the Texas Rangers should anticipate more where that came from going forward.