Recent St. Louis Cardinals call-up Connor Capel is apparently the godson to legendary MLB pitcher Roger Clemens.
When the St. Louis Cardinals called up outfielder Conner Capel, it marked his first promotion to the majors. He was hitting .272/.361/.466 with an .827 OPS, nine home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games with Triple-A Memphis and is someone the organization is confident can help them.
Capel, of course, is the son of former Astros pitcher Mike Capel. He is also close friends with Kacy Clemans and it turns out that he is close with legendary pitcher Roger Clemens, with multiple people noting on Twitter (though not confirmed) that the 11-time All-Star is actually Capel’s godfather.
Roger Clemens and Mike Capel are believed to be close from their days playing together at Texas, where they formed one of the best college pitching staffs alongside Calvin Schiraldi and Kirk Killingsworth.
For Conner Capel, however, he provides necessary depth to a Cardinals outfield that desperately needs numbers after Harrison Bader (plantar fascia) and Tyler O’Neill (hamstring) were placed on the Injured List. O’Neill said on Tuesday that he believes he is ready to begin a rehab assignment now, but admitted that “I understand that the process might take a little longer than us athletes might like.”
After Jack Flaherty rushed back from his injury and suffered a setback that could lead to him missing the remainder of the season, it’s highly likely that the Cardinals and O’Neill err on the side of caution in his return. Losing O’Neill for even more time, especially after he was showing signs of his 2021 self, would be a devastating blow for a lineup that the organization believes has even more potential in the second half.
The Cardinals have Capel, Lars Nootbaar and others throughout the organization to fill-in in the meantime. And while Capel has not had an at-bat in two games, he will surely be needed at some point in the near future – and Clemens will be watching from the stands.