Aneury Tavarez started off the season in a weird way.
Although the outfielder had a great 2016 in the Boston Red Sox minors, he was sent to he Baltimore Orioles via the Rule 5 Draft. He had a very productive Spring for the Orioles, but was released on waivers. From there, the Red Sox picked him back up.
Through it all, he never skipped a beat. Back in the Boston organization, Tavarez raked for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. There, he slashed .377/.473/.475 with six steals in 18 games.
Due to his scorching hot start, Tavarez was sent to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Injuries caused problems and he’s only appeared in 18 games with them – and struggled.
Heading into the second game of a doubleheader on July 5, the left-handed hitter was slashing .143/.208/.306. Since then, he’s 7-for-19 (.368) with a walk as well as one triple and one steal.
The surge at the plate has brought his numbers up significantly. While they still aren’t great, there’s an obvious improvement in his slash line, as it now sits at .206/.260/.353. Tavarez also has two doubles and two home runs as well as that one triple. He’s also driven in five runs and scored five more while stealing two bases.
While his stat line still isn’t good, Tavarez is showing he can adjust and improve. Due to his injury, the 25-year-old spent some time with the Lowell Spinners in Short-A on a rehab assignment.
Between the three leagues, Tavarez has a combined slash line of .268/.348/.389 with 14 RBI and 2o runs scored. He’s hit six doubles and two triples as well as three home runs, while stealing nine bases.
Overall, Tavarez is becoming an intriguing option for the depth-deficient Red Sox outfield. There aren’t many viable options ahead of him, and if he can continue to find his swing, he’ll become a top choice.
After an unsure offseason, Aneury Tavarez is back in the Red Sox organization, and it looks like he’s finding himself once again.