Gabriel Lino

#82 C / St. Louis Cardinals / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 lb Age: 23 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Lino signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. At 23, Lino has never played in the majors, and appeared to take a step back in his development last year, as he played 40 games at High-A after reaching Triple-A in 2015. Part of that was so he could accommodate better catching prospects in the Phillies' system, but it shows just how unimpressive his 2016 was on the whole. Look for him to serve as organizational depth for the Cardinals.

    • Lino was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports. The Phillies trimmed their number of catchers in big league camp from five to four Wednesday by sending Lino down to minor league camp. The 22-year-old catching prospect has time to develop, but he needs to work on his bat after going 0-for-8 in limited action this spring. He'll likely be a catching option at Double-A Reading or Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season and is unlikely to see the majors this year with the Phillies flush with catching depth at that level.

    • Lino has received an invitation to Phillies spring training. Lino hasn't improved enough offensively since breaking into the minors in 2011 to earn a big league roster spot, but his strong arm behind the plate keeps him in consideration. It seems highly improbably that the 22-year-old will land in the majors, but perhaps the small taste of the majors will provide a jump-start to his season.

    • Phillies acquire young catcher Lino
      By Chris Towers

      The Phillies sent first baseman Jim Thome to the Orioles Saturday, acquiring minor-league pitcher Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino from the Orioles.

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