In the wake of OF Matt Kemp’s return to the disabled list, the Dodgers have called up Alex Castellanos from AAA Albuquerque. Castellanos was a 10th round draft pick in 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals and came over to the Dodgers in the deadline deal last season that sent SS Rafael Furcal to St. Louis. The 25-year old Castellanos was swinging a hot bat in the PCL with a .379/.476/.759 line, and he’s been especially hot lately with an OPS of 1.441 over his last 10 games.
Baseball America had Castellano listed as LA’s #19 prospect going into 2012 and noted that the ball jumps off his bat. His home run numbers improved over his first four seasons, with a high of 23 last season in 475 ABs. This season at Albuquerque in 87 ABs he has cleared the fences 5 times. Last year, Castellanos was an outfielder in the Cardinals’ organization but the Dodgers have moved him back to the infield, where he played when he was drafted.
The first-place Dodgers are hoping to get some production from Castellanos but the bigger issue is Kemp’s return to the DL due to reinjuring his hamstring in just his second game back in the lineup. Apparently not fully healed after a 15-day stint, Kemp figures to be on the shelf for a longer stretch this time.