The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game, 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.
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.