Willy Taveras

Sport: Baseball
Position: center field
Nationality: Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Birth date: 1981-12-25 (33 years)
Nickname: Willy T

Willy Taveras is a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic and is known to prefer playing in center field. “Willy T” as he is popularly known, is a right handed batsman and was picked by the Houston Astros in 2004. He was mainly used as pinch runner in his debut season for the Astros and played 10 games in that capacity.

In 2005, Avery had a sensational season and led the Major League in Infield hits with 71, bunt hits with 31 and singles with 152.

This being his rookie year, he had 82 runs with 172 hits and was ranked 6th in the total number of stolen bases with 34. He had a .291 batting average with the Houston Astros and had a smooth transition into their roster as their starting center fielder. Taveras won the National League Rookie of the Year title in 2005 where Ryan Howard won the actual MLB Rookie of the Year award.

Although 2006 was not as good in terms of his batting average, which dropped to .278, he led the majors in bunt hits and stolen bases with 21 and 33. His RBI count also dropped to just 30.

At the end of 2006, he was traded out to the Colorado Rockies along with Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirshto in exchange for Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio. In April 2008, he set a record for the Rockies with 10 at-bats in a single game. He also led the MLB in stolen bases with his 68 in the same year. Despite his performance, he was let go at the end of the season and turned into a free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds picked him up in a two year deal in December of 2008.

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