Orix Buffaloes from NPB sign Rangel Ravelo


First baseman / outfielder Rangel Ravelo has signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball, according to reporters Francys Romero and Yusseff Diaz (Twitter link). Ravelo previously had a minor league contract with the Dodgers, but the two sides dug a deal for Orix earlier this week to acquire Ravelo’s rights.

As Romero noted, there was some expectation that Ravelo would be promoted to the big league of the Dodgers, considering that Ravelo crushed the triple-A pitching. The 29-year-old had a .407 / .504 / .758 slash and eight homers over 113 record appearances for the Oklahoma City subsidiary, despite the Dodgers not reaching out to Ravelo even after multiple injuries opened the MLB list.

Ravelo will now travel to Japan to start a new chapter in his 12 year professional career. Ravelo was an election for the White Sox in the sixth round in the 2010 draft and was part of one of the most notable trades in recent track and field history – Ravelo, Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, and Josh Phegley all went to Oakland in December 2014 while Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa were sent to Chicago. However, Ravelo didn’t reach the majors until 2019 as a member of the Cardinals, and Ravelo hit St. Louis .189 / .250 / .351 over 84 PA in 2019-20 After Ravelo wasn’t written off the cards last winter, he signed with Los Angeles.


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