Cardinals acquire minor league infielder from Mariners

BY foxsports • November 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals obtained an infielder to add to their major-league roster in a swap of minor leaguers with the Seattle Mariners.

The Cardinals sent right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio to Seattle in exchange for 26-year-old Ty Kelly.

Kelly, who was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster, batted .263 with 15 home runs and 80 RBI (the 12th-best total in the Pacific Coast League) in 134 games at Triple-A Tacoma in 2014. A switch hitter, he hit 14 of his 15 homers from the left side last season.

Kelly, a 13th-round draft pick by the Orioles in 2009 out of UC-Davis, has career minor-league totals of a .282 average, .387 OBP, 39 homers, 336 RBI and 41 stolen bases in 703 games.

He played 64 games at second base and 36 games at third base in 2014.

Gaviglio, 24, went 5-12 with a 4.28 ERA in 25 games at Double-A Springfield last season. The Cardinals drafted him in the fifth round out of Oregon State in 2011.