More Help For Stretch Run, Saints Activate Second Baseman Ryan CavanST. PAUL, MN August 22, 2016
Right before the deadline last season the St. Paul Saints made a flurry of moves, including signing free agent Ryan Cavan. The two-time MiLB.com Organizational All-Star with the San Francisco Giants proved huge during the final week and in the playoffs. On the inactive list all season long, Cavan joins the Saints for the stretch run in 2016.
Last season after the Saints signed him as a free agent Cavan hit .375 with two home runs and five RBI in six games. In 24 games he scored six runs and three doubles. He began 2015 in the American Association with the Kansas City T-Bones where the switch hitting second baseman hit .351 with four home runs and 28 RBI in 58 games with the T-Bones. In 222 at bats he scored 52 runs, roped 18 doubles, had a .447 on base percentage and a .486 slugging percentage. He finished the season second in the league in batting average (.354) and on base percentage (.448).
Originally a 16th round pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, Cavan was an All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention at third base in his junior season at the University of California-Santa Barbara after hitting .341 with four homers and 36 RBI in his junior season.
Cavan began his professional career in Low-A Salem-Kaizer after signing with the Giants in 2009 and won a Northwest League championship with the Volcanoes. He hit .277 with 33 RBI with five triples, tied for second in the league, and slugging nine home runs, fifth most in the Northwest League.
After being promoted to Single-A Augusta for the 2010 campaign, Cavan followed up his productive debut by hitting .283 while playing the second most games in the South Atlantic League (133). His 244 total bases with the GreenJackets were the second most in the league while his 153 hits ranked fourth. He earned his first of what would become back-to-back MiLB.com Organizational All-Star awards.
Cavan continued to climb the ladder in the Giants organization with a return to the West Coast after a promotion to High-A San Jose in 2011. In the California League, he compiled a .270 batting average in 130 games to go along with 12 home runs and 90 RBI while smacking 38 doubles, good for the fourth most in the league. He was once again selected an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star.
After three consistent seasons at various levels of Single-A, Cavan was promoted to Double-A Richmond for the 2012 season. With the Flying Squirrels, he hit .228 while adding 10 home runs and driving in 40 in 120 games. It was his defense, however, that caught everyone’s attention as he was named an MiLB Gold Glove recipient. He had a .994 fielding percentage at second base, committing just four errors in 684 chances.
Cavan was reassigned to San Jose to start the 2013 season where he got off to a blistering .313 start at the plate in his first 44 games before being sidelined for over a month with a neck strain. Cavan’s hot start included a career high 19-game hitting streak from April 19-May 11 before injuries placed him on the disabled list from May 22 to July 5. Cavan was named a California League All-Star but did not participate in the event. After a brief rehab assignment in rookie ball, Cavan finished the season in San Jose batting .283 with 16 doubles, three homers, and 38 RBI in 75 games in High-A.
After being released by the Giants in Spring Training in March of 2014, Cavan joined the independent ranks with Southern Illinois in the Frontier League. With the Miners, Cavan hit .309 while reaching base at a .420 clip and smacked 16 doubles and five home runs. He was named a Frontier League all-star at shortstop before signing with Kansas City for the 2015 season.
The Saints roster stands at 21, two shy of the league maximum, nine pitchers and 12 position players.