Rangel Ravelo

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Rangel Ravelo

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman Rangel Ravelo began playing in the Chicago White Sox minor league system in 2010. He was taken in the 6th round of the 2010 amateur draft, a couple picks after pitcher Sean Nolin and a few picks ahead of pitcher Jesse Hahn. His signing bonus was $125,000. Born in Cuba, he went to high school in Hialeah, FL.

After hitting only .254/.291/.335 in his first professional season, Ravelo quickly improved and posted a .338/.381/415 line in 2011, a .290/.343/.397 mark in 2012 and a .299/.388/.432 line in 2013. He was named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star in 2012 while playing for the Kannapolis Intimidators. He began 2014 with the Double-A Birmingham Barons.

In December 2014, Ravelo was traded to the Oakland Athletics with infielder Marcus Semien, right-hander Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa. He was let go by the A's at the end of spring training in 2017 and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals a couple of weeks later. He reached the majors with the Cardinals in 2019. On September 12th, he hit the longest home run by a Cardinals player since the introduction of Statcast in 2015, his blast at Coors Field traveling 487 feet to left field.

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