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By Scott Barancik/Jewish Baseball News

Kevin Moscatel has covered a lot of ground for a 21-year-old.

Born and raised in Venezuela, the 6’1″ catcher was just 16 years old when the St. Louis Cardinals signed him, and 17 when he debuted with the franchise’s rookie-league team. Three seasons later, the Cards released him. Moscatel did not play in 2012.

But he got a chance at redemption earlier this month when the Yokohama BayStars, described by the New York Times as “one of Japanese baseball’s cellar dwellers,” signed him to an isusei (training) deal. If Moscatel performs well, he could advance to the BayStars’ farm system, and eventually to its flagship Central League team.

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Will Krasne (MiLB.com)

JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Time to add two names to your list of Jewish minor-leaguers.

Thanks to information provided by Jewish Baseball News reader Bill R., we now know that C Kevin Moscatel and P Will Krasne are Members of the Tribe.

Krasne, a 23-year-old rookie out of Stanford University, is 3-4 with a 4.22 ERA for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Cleveland Indians’ “A short season” team. A former National Merit Scholar Finalist at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., Krasne had “Tommy John” surgery in 2007.

Though just 20 years old, Moscatel — a native of Miranda, Venezuela — is a baseball veteran, having been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals at age 16. The light-hitting catcher is batting .211 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs in 90 at-bats this season with the “A short season” Batavia Muckdogs.

He’s in good company in Batavia, where at least two teammates are Jewish: P Corey Baker, and SS Garrett Wittels.

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