The Dodgers agreed Monday to sell Ravelo's minor-league contract to an unspecified team in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, Francys Romero of MLB.com reports.
Despite posting a massive .407/.504/.758 slash line through his 113 plate appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, the 29-year-old Ravelo appeared unlikely to receive a promotion to the big club anytime soon. With that in mind, Ravelo has chosen to pursue work overseas in Japan, where he could immediately become one of the top sluggers on the circuit. Ravelo previously saw big-league action with the Cardinals in 2019 and 2020, supplying a .601 OPS over 84 career plate appearances.
The Dodgers reassigned Ravelo to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
After joining the Dodgers on a minor-league deal over the winter, Ravelo is expected to handle a near-everyday role at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. The 28-year-old has shown a quality combination of contact and on-base skills during his various stops in the minors, but he hasn't been able to translate that success to the majors. Over his 84 plate appearances with the Cardinals across the last two seasons, Ravelo submitted a .189/.250/.351 slash line (57 wRC+).
Ravelo joined the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Ravelo has appeared in 42 big-league games over the last two seasons with the Cardinals, but he's landed in a spot where it could be difficult to get back to that level. He's hit just .189/.250/.351 in those games, so he has plenty to prove if he's to earn a roster spot.
Ravelo was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
There really wasn't anywhere for Ravelo to play last season, and with the uncertainty surrounding the DH in the NL for 2021, it's not surprising he was cut loose. The 28-year-old first baseman hit .189 with three home runs in 84 plate appearances over the past two seasons.
Ravelo went 2-for-2 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI during a 12-2 win over the Tigers in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Getting the start as the DH in the matinee, Ravelo connected off Nick Ramirez in the sixth inning for his first homer of 2020. The 28-year-old has gone 4-for-11 since rejoining the Cards' roster with five RBI in three games.
Ravelo went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in a win over the Cubs on Sunday.
Ravelo drew the start at designated hitter for only his second game action of the season, a campaign during which he had to overcome a COVID-19 infection that was part of the team's outbreak in August. The 28-year-old's third-inning double Sunday plated Tyler O'Neill to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead and Ravelo his first RBI since Sept. 25 of last season. Now that he's healthy, Ravelo may have a chance at semi-regular playing time at either DH or as a potential fill-in at a corner infield spot for what remains of the regular season.
Ravelo (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.
Ravelo was caught up in the Cardinals' early-season COVID-19 outbreak and has been off the roster since that time, though he's been able to work out at the Cardinals' secondary site for over two weeks. He'll likely be little more than a bench bat during his time with the team, as he's shown very little through his first 45 big-league plate appearances, hitting .195/.244/.390. Dexter Fowler landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons in a corresponding move.
Ravelo (illness) is set to start getting at-bats at the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The utility asset is one of a multitude of Cardinals players working his way through the COVID-19 reentry process. Ravelo was cleared for baseball activities Tuesday, and if he's able to demonstrate his timing at the plate is solid in Springfield, he could be deemed ready for activation in fairly short order.
Ravelo (illness) was cleared to resume activity Tuesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Ravelo was among the Cardinals' positive tests for COVID-19, but he resumed workouts Tuesday. It's unclear what shape he's in or when he'll return to the active roster. Once he's ready for game action, the 28-year-old should resume a depth role for the Cardinals.
Ravelo (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.
Ravelo was one of the players that gave the Cardinals permission to release the news of his positive diagnosis for COVID-19 amid the team's outbreak, and his placement on the injured list will free up a spot on the active roster. The 28-year-old will be eligible to return to the team once he produces two consecutive negative tests. The Cardinals purchased Max Schrock's contract in a corresponding move to fill Ravelo's depth role on the roster.
Ravelo is one of the Cardinals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Cardinals have been shut down for a week to avoid a further spread of the virus. Ravelo has appeared in just one game this season.
Now that the universal implementation of the designated hitter in 2020 is official, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports Ravelo could be one of several players the Cardinals deploy in that spot.
Ravelo originally projected to serve as the team's primary pinch hitter, a role the departed Jose Martinez held last season. However, with the DH rule now offering manager Mike Shildt an opportunity to get an extra bat into the lineup each day, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak specifically mentioned Ravelo as an option to rotate into the spot on occasion. The long-time minor-leaguer finally got his first majors break last season, slashing .205/.256/.410 across 43 plate appearances.
Ravelo would be a natural candidate to frequently slot in at designated hitter if the position is instituted universally during an abbreviated 2020 season, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Ravelo was already on track to stick as a reserve first baseman and pinch hitter when spring training was suspended, but the likelihood the DH slot becomes one manager Mike Shildt regularly has to fill potentially gives the 28-year-old a chance to play on a near everyday basis. Ravelo finally saw his first big-league regular-season action in 2019 after toiling for 10 seasons in the minors, and he hit .237 (9-for-38) across 14 Grapefruit League games before play was paused.
Ravelo hit .237 (9-for-38) with three doubles, two RBI, six walks, one stolen base and five runs across 14 Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.
The 27-year-old saw plenty of action in anticipation of filling multiple roles in the coming season. Ravelo is expected to fill in occasionally at first base and the outfield while also serving as a designated pinch hitter of sorts. The long-time minor-leaguer finally broke into the majors in 2019, slashing .205/.256/.410 across 43 plate appearances over 29 games.
Ravelo, who's slated to fill in at both first base and the corner outfield spots this season, is also a primary candidate for the pinch-hit role Jose Martinez frequently occupied last season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Ravelo finally made it to the big leagues in 2019 following nine-plus seasons in the minors, although he logged just 43 plate appearances over 29 games. There are hopes the 27-year-old will play a more extensive role this coming season, and while Tommy Edman and Brad Miller also offer plenty of defensive versatility, Ravelo's spot appears secure with rosters expanding to 26.
Ravelo is not on the roster for the National League Division Series against the Braves.
The 27-year-old saw limited opportunities throughout the 2019 campaign and only hit .205/.256/.410 with two home runs and seven RBI in 39 at-bats. Randy Arozarena will fill the final bench spot for the Cardinals.
Ravelo slugged a 487-foot solo home run for his only hit over four at-bats in a win over the Rockies on Thursday.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ravelo's homer was the longest hit by a Cardinal in the Statcast era, which began in 2015. The career minor-leaguer now has a pair of round trippers during his first taste of big-league action.
Ravelo entered Thursday's win over the Giants as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and hit a two-run home run in his only at-bat.
It was the career minor leaguer's first career round tripper, and the 422-foot shot to left center with Tyler O'Neill aboard closed out the Cardinals' 10-run outburst. Ravelo has hit safely in all three of the games he's logged at least one at-bat in since most recently being called up Sept. 1.
Ravelo was recalled by the Cardinals on Sunday.
Ravelo has made a number of appearances with the big-league club this season but has spent the majority of his time with Triple-A Memphis. In the minors, he's managed a strong .299/.383/.473 line in 95 games. Though he'll get to close the season in the majors, he isn't likely to see much playing time thanks to Paul Goldschmidt and a crowded Cardinals outfield.
Ravelo was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
Ravelo was called up from Triple-A on July 21 and went 2-for-11 during his two weeks in the majors, primarily serving as a pinch hitter. The 27-year-old has a .313/.389/.489 slash line in 77 games with Memphis this season.
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