Cardinals Change Reserves – Ravelo for Thomas

photo: Lane Thomas (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game (Friday, June 5), that they have recalled rookie first baseman/outfielder Rangel Ravelo from Memphis (AAA) and optioned outfielder Lane Thomas to the triple-A club.

Ravelo, a 27-year-old rookie, made his Major League debut last month in a four-game stint, going 1-for-6.  Prior to his promotion, he’d appeared in 838 career games in the minors, including tours with the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics organizations.   The Havana, Cuba native, who pronounces his name RAHN-hel, was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free-agent in April of 2017.

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The right-handed hitting Ravelo is batting .323 (80-for-248) with 9 HR’s and 42 RBI in 71 games for Memphis, ranking 11th in the Pacific Coast League in batting.  He has a team co-leading 18 doubles in addition to a .914 OPS that leads all Memphis regulars. Ravelo had a 19-game hit streak earlier this season (May 2-24) that was one-game shy of the Memphis franchise record.

The 6-1, 225-pound Ravelo has played 36 games in the outfield and 30 at first base this season. He wears uniform no. 47.

Thomas, also a rookie, has appeared in 11 games for St. Louis this season (.308; 4-for-13) with a HR and 4 RBI.

Brian Walton’s take

I can see two reasons for these moves, which on the surface simply replaces one right-handed hitting reserve with another.

First of all, Ravelo plays first base (along with the corner outfield). With both of St. Louis first base reserves on the injured list – Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko – the club had no true first sacker backing up every-day player Paul Goldschmidt.

The other reason is that Thomas has a clearer future with the organization and is better served continuing to develop by playing each day at Memphis, rather than serving as the fifth outfielder with St. Louis. On the other hand, Ravelo may not be with the Cardinals next year due to minor league options being exhausted and is over three years older than Thomas.

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