A Glimpse into the Future: Alex Castellanos
Branching off from Scott’s Rafael Furcal post, I thought we could take a look at who we got in return for Hit Machine and how Alex Castellanos might fit into the future of the team. Castellanos was traded from St. Louis to the Dodgers in exchange for HM last July 31st. It was bittersweet to watch Furcal capture his first World Series ring, but hopefully we received a future big leaguer in return with Castellanos.
Castellanos is a 25-year old right handed outfielder drafted by the Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2008 Amateur draft out of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. The 5’11” 180 pounder was born in Miami, Florida. In four minor league seasons, he has played in 416 games. In 2011 he made it to the AA level, and when traded from the Cards continued in AA for the Dodgers in Chattanooga. Last season he had 475 at bats between the two teams, and he hit a combined .320 with 23 homeruns, 85 RBI, and 14 stolen bases. His downside is that his strikeout to walk ratio is high. He whiffed 118 times and only walked 39. He only committed 3 errors with a .962 fielding percentage last season in right field.
Castellanos has a little bit of pop in his bat and some speed, but he will need to work on his plate discipline in order to make it to the big team.
Alex has been invited along with 14 other minor leaguers to a developmental minicamp during the second week of January held at Dodger Stadium.
Keep it here as we look at other prospects within the Dodgers farm system this offseason.