This is the stuff of internet-meme greatness, and probably also a stern talking-to after work: Saturday, on Fox Sports Midwest's broadcast of the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training contest with the New York Mets, a late-inning pinch runner was identified by FSM's on-screen graphics as none other than Minor League Guy.â†µ
The good news is that MINOR LEAGUE GUY is completely accurate. And given his number—91—and his status as a minor leaguer floating between camps as needed, a little bit of identity confusion is reasonable. This is no ordinary minor league guy, though: This is Oscar Taveras, who hit .386/.444/.584 in 78 games last year as a 19-year-old in the Midwest League.â†µ
.386! He's missed a lot of games with various slightly ominous injuries last year, but he also hit .386 and slugged .584 in the games he played. That's such dominance that Clay Davenport's MLE translations for it give him a line of .333/.379/.500. And he was a teenager in A-ball!â†µ
So here's to you, Minor League Guy: You may be wearing a ridiculous number, but you're also the Cardinals' best position-playing prospect.