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Top Juan Yepez News

  • Nationals' Juan Yepez: Gets minors deal from Nationals

    Yepez signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Presumably, Yepez will be given an invitation to the major-league side of spring training as part of the contract. The 25-year-old was non-tendered by the Cardinals last month following a disappointing 2023 season, but Yepez slugged 28 homers between the majors and minors in 2022. He will compete for the Nationals' first base job.

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  • Juan Yepez: Becomes free agent

    Yepez was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Friday, making him a free agent.

    Yepez has flashed good power at times over the course of his professional career, but he put up a relatively underwhelming .736 OPS in 86 games this past season at the Triple-A level and struggled mightily in a couple different stints with St. Louis. The 25-year-old will look for a change of scenery this winter.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Getting start in left field

    Yepez is starting in left field and batting fifth in Thursday's game against the Brewers.

    Yepez was recalled Sunday and will see his first action in the majors since back in early June. The 25-year-old has spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Memphis, where he's posted just a .736 OPS with nine homers in 86 contests.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Back in majors

    Yepez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Yepez was up with the Cardinals early in the season but has been at Triple-A since early June. The 25-year-old has a .664 OPS in 46 big-league plate appearances this year, though he was better for Memphis with a .255/.323/.413 slash line in 86 games.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Optioned to Memphis

    St. Louis optioned Yepez to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.

    Dylan Carlson (ankle) has been activated from the injured list in a corresponding 26-man roster move. Yepez, 25, carries a rough .214/.283/.381 batting line with two home runs in 20 games (46 plate appearances) this season at the major-league level.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Homers off bench Thursday

    Yepez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 16-8 win over the Dodgers.

    Yepez got in on the homer party despite not starting the contest -- he entered as a pinch hitter for Tommy Edman (abdomen) in the third inning and promptly hit a solo shot. There hasn't been much playing time for Yepez since he was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on May 5, but the Cardinals' outfield is starting to feel the impact of injuries. In addition to Edman, Dylan Carlson (ankle) and Tyler O'Neill (back) are nursing injuries. It's possible Yepez could serve as a platoon option in the corner outfielder positions in the near team. He's slashing .250/.276/.464 with two homers, two RBI and four runs scored through 29 plate appearances.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Heads to bench

    Yepez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game in Boston.

    After starting in each of the past three games while going 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored, Yepez will cede left field to Brendan Donovan in the series finale. With Willson Contreras expected to transition back to full-time catching duties beginning with Monday's game against the Brewers, Donovan could end up shifting to second base while Nolan Gorman steps in as St. Louis' primary designated hitter. Assuming that's the case, Yepez could still have a path to seeing playing time in left field, though perhaps in the short side of a platoon.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Promoted from Triple-A

    Yepez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis by the Cardinals on Friday, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    It's not clear yet what the corresponding move is, but John Denton of MLB.com hears that Alec Burleson could be optioned. Yepez is off to a slow start at Memphis this season with just a .751 OPS and three homers, but he clubbed 28 long balls between the majors and minors in 2022. He could see some starts against left-handers.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Starting in left field Friday

    Yepez is starting in left field and batting sixth Friday versus the Tigers.

    Yepez was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Friday afternoon and will jump right into the Cardinals' starting lineup against the Tigers and left-hander Matthew Boyd. Yepez could see semi-regular action, especially versus lefties, as Tyler O'Neill recovers from a lower back strain. Alec Burleson is on the bench Friday.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Optioned to Memphis

    Yepez was optioned Saturday to Triple-A Memphis, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Yepez gets the boot to clear out a 26-man roster spot for Lars Nootbaar, who is back from a jammed left thumb. Yepez went 4-for-12 with a home run during his short time with the Cardinals and should eventually get a longer look.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Launches first homer

    Yepez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Rockies.

    Yepez has started three of seven games since he was called up to replace Lars Nootbaar (thumb) on the active roster. While opportunities have been limited, Yepez has done well to take advantage of them, going 4-for-12 (.333) over those three contests. The 25-year-old was one of the Cardinals' last cuts in camp, but he'll likely have to settle for a short-side platoon role if he stays on the roster once Nootbaar is activated from the injured list.

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  • Cardinals' Juan Yepez: Replacing injured Nootbaar

    Yepez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Bally Sports Midwest reports.

    Yepez was sent to Triple-A to await an opening on the big-league roster, and he didn't have to wait long with Lars Nootbaar sidelined since Opening Day with a jammed thumb. Yepez should at least start against left-handed pitchers (Tuesday against Dylan Dodd, for instance) and he could get the occasional start against righties while he remains up.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Age: 26
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R