Express fans are getting a chance to see one of the top prospects in baseball this week with the Memphis Redbirds in town.
Memphis outfielder Oscar Taveras, who was signed by St. Louis back in 2008, is now the Cardinals best prospect and the third best prospect in all of baseball. He's only 20-years-old but is extremely talented. In his last three years he's batted over 300 for the Cardinals Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A affiliates.
He also hit 23 homers last season. He didn't do so hot in their opener with the Express Tuesday, going 0 for 4. He just returned to Memphis Saturday after being out a month with an ankle injury. While there hasn't been a big rush to move him up to the Big League Club, many expect him to get the call next year.
If called up next year Taveras says he is ready.
"Yeah! I've been ready! I'm ready to play for the big leagues. That's the decision to the team. That's not my decision," Taveras said. "So I'm real happy, I understand and am happy to be the number one prospect of the team so… I'm really happy."
Of course Round Rock's Parent Club, the Texas Rangers, have the top prospect in all of baseball with infielder Jurickson Profar, who spent some time here with the Express before getting called up last month.