The Dodgers signed first baseman Rangel Ravelo to a minor league deal this past offseason. While many didn’t think much of the signing, it’s turned out to be a good one. Andrew Friedman was looking for a good right-handed bat to plug into the big league bench, and he might have found one.
Ravelo played parts of 2 seasons at the big league level with the Cardinals. Unfortunately, he never found the success that he did playing in St Louis’ minor league system. That led to him being non-tendered and released following the 2020 season. The Dodgers scooped him up soon afterward.
Now, Ravelo is slashing a ridiculous .407/.504/.758 with a 1.263 OPS through 26 games with the OKC Dodgers. That includes 8 homeruns and 27 runs driven in on the year, and he’s tallied a total of 16 extra-base hits with just 11 strikeouts. In short, he’s crushing the ball almost every time he steps to the plate.
The biggest complication at this point is getting that success to translate over to the big league squad if that time comes. At 29-years-old, time is running out for Ravelo to get his skillset to carry over to the Dodgers.
But if he can get moving in the right direction and hit in the big leagues, the Dodgers could really use him. Los Angeles is stacked with left-handed bench bats, but really only have Austin Barnes and Albert Pujols as their righties. Adding Ravelo down the stretch could be a very real possibility.
In order to do that though, the Dodgers would need to make room for him on the 40-man roster.