Alex Castellanos changed organizations last July as the player the Cardinals traded to the Dodgers for Rafael Furcal. This season Castellanos has changed positions, shifting from right field to second base, but the 25-year-old also may be changing perceptions with his fast start for Triple-A Albuquerque.
After going 3-for-4 and belting two home runs in Oklahoma City on Saturday and going 3-for-5 on Sunday, the righty-hitting Castellanos raised his season batting line to .371/.488/.757 with four homers, seven doubles and three triples through 70 at-bats. In 10 games away from Isotopes Park he had collected nine extra-base hits. Because of the favorable hitting conditions they enjoy, remember to always check home/road splits for Albuquerque players, splits that are now available free at BaseballAmerica.com.
Drafted by St. Louis as a second and third baseman, Castellanos played those positions up through 2009, after which the Cardinals shifted him to the outfield. Los Angeles has shifted him back to the infield, where he has started 14 of 16 games at second base so far this season.
The Dodgers added Castellanos to the 40-man roster in the offseason, so that versatility could come in handy. Castellanos (Belmont Abbey) and Isotopes teammate Jerry Sands (Catawba) both hail from North Carolina-based Division II colleges.