The St. Louis Cardinals organization has received the grave news that rookie OF Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. News was confirmed by Taveras’ agent Brian Mejia.

Just two weeks ago, he was playing in the NLCS against the Giants and came up big with a clutch game-tying homer in the 7th inning. The top prospect in the Cardinals’ organization for the past two years and third top prospect in the Majors, Taveras batted .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games with the Cardinals this year.

Taveras was supposed to be a new cornerstone for the future of the Cardinals’ organization, but now the Cardinals’ family, city of St. Louis, and the world of baseball are stunned as one of the brightest young players, with as much potential as anybody in the sport, was tragically taken from this world at age 22.

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