St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals swap outfielders with Cleveland in deadline deal

Oscar Mercado
Oscar Mercado AP

With their second move of the day, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired minor-league outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Triple-A outfielder Oscar Mercado.

Capel, 21, a left-handed hitting center fielder, was batting .261 with 6 home runs, 44 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 89 games for Class-A Lynchburg this season, earning Carolina League All-Star honors. The 6-1, 185-pound Texan was a fifth-round draft selection by the Indians in 2016. He’s the son of former major-league pitcher Mike Capel.

Torres, 18, has appeared in 27 games for the Arizona Rookie League Indians this season, compiling a .273 batting mark with four home runs and 16 RBIs. The 6-4, 200-pound right-handed hitting Torres is from Colombia.

Mercado, 23, was batting .285 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs with 31 stolen bases for Memphis. He was the Cardinals second-round draft selection in 2013.