Taveras was born May 23, 1990 in the Domincan Republic. He has come up through the Red Sox system with good friend and teammate William Cuevas.
Taveras started his career with the Domincan Summer League team in 2009 before jumping to the Gulf Coast League where he was followed by Cuevas. The two were teammates at GCL in 2011 and now in 2012 the two have been the class of the pitching staff for the Sox short season A-affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
"Yes of course. We're good friends," Taveras said through the help of a translator. "It makes me happy to see Cuevas perform real well. Maybe not as much as I perform myself but we're always looking up to each other and it's a good experience and we're really good friends."
, along with William Cuevas, have been the steady force for the Spinners all season for a team that has had trouble finding consistent quality performers. Taveras is third to Cuevas in innings pitched [33.2] and almost matches his ERA at 2.14.
"I'm feeling really fine," he said. "I'm not thinking about leading the staff. I'm just trying to get my work done and I'm feeling good. I'm working now to be a leader in the future."
Taveras did work on some specific things in the offseason in order to get ready for this year.
"I practiced on my slider. I felt I could improve it from last year. I worked a little on my mechanics also," he said. "My expectations were to play at a higher level here and to keep going hard at it."
Taveras has done the bulk of his work this year from the bullpen but said that he is more comfortable in a starting role. He added that he will do the work in whatever role they put him in.
"He needs to stay focused," Spinners pitching coach Paul Abbott said. "He kind of battles himself at times. He's a perfectionist. He does immaculate pitching charts. He wants to make the perfect pitch every time and he doesn't have to.
"With him it's more trust his stuff, pitch to contact, and put the ball in play."
Trust his stuff Taveras has done so far and the Spinners have trusted him with it.
"He has four pitches. He has a slider to go with his curveball. His changeup is a touch inconsistent right now. I can see that being a much more valuable pitch down the road," Abbott said.
"He needs experience and to know what pitches to throw in certain situations and what pitches not to throw in certain situations. He needs to not be so hard on himself. He's very focused and works hard.
"To me, from last year to this spring, was a complete 180 degree turn where he's just another guy who's going to give us a chance to win every time he takes the ball."
Taveras said that he's learned a lot this year and putting the things he's learned to good use.
"I've worked a lot in my rhythm and my mechanics. I want to be ahead of the hitters in the count. I've learned that I have to keep the ball down. Also I've learned to stay aggressive and be aggressive at all times in all counts," Taveras said.
With the team having it's struggles at times this season, Taveras said it's just about going out everyday and continuing to put the work in.
"We go game by game. If we lose, the next day it's a new game. We take it on a day to day basis. We just try to work hard all the time and try to get those wins," he said.
Even though the season has not gone the way the Spinners have wanted, Taveras has enjoyed his stay in Lowell and his numbers certainly say that. He continues to gain the experience that he needs and develop his numerous pitches in order to one day reach the Major League level.
"One day the pitching is there and the offense is not and one day we're hitting then the pitching is not there. We've been a little inconsistent during the season but I mean that's baseball and that's how it goes. We don't know what's going to happen the next day so we just have to work hard and keep on going," Taveras said.
LOWELL, MA - Francisco Taveras is a left-handed pitcher in the Red Sox organization who scouts say has advanced pitchability. At six foot and weighing 180 pounds, the 22-year old Taveras has the talent and capability that the Red Sox are looking for and being one of only so many southpaws doesn't hurt either.
Lefty Francisco Taveras has had a very good season for Lowell and he's growing up in the process.