Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Welcome Up to the Blue, Chris Withrow & Alex Castellanos - Some Fantasy Baseball Cards for Them

Don't look now, but a parade of prospects are showing up at Dodger Stadium. 

One day after Justin Seller's call up from AAA, he is being sent back down.  Furthermore, Scott Van Slyke, who is suffering from left shoulder bursitis, is being placed on the 15-day DL.  In their place is minor league outfield prospect Alex Castellanos and pitcher Chris Withrow.

Castellanos came up briefly several times last season, and eventually got into 16 games.  Overall, he batted just .174 in 23 at-bats, but did slug 1 home run.  We originally attained Castellanos via a trade with the Cardinals involving Rafael Furcal in 2011.  Chris Withrow is coming up to the Major Leagues for the second time in his career, although he has yet to actually pitch.  He was originally a 1st Round draft pick for the Dodgers in 2007 (20th overall), and was thought to be a potential middle of the order starting pitcher.  At one time he was ranked the 48th best prospect in Baseball.  Unfortunately, after several years of trying it just didn't pan out.  Soon, he was converted into a reliever and spent most of 2012 to today honing that craft.  Heck, his numbers in Albuquerque look quite good, considering that place is a pitchers nightmare.

In their honor, I decided to make a fantasy Blue Heaven Baseball card for both of them.  See them below.  I used photographs available from Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers

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Via the Dodgers press release:
Withrow, who will wear No. 44, will be making his Major League debut and has gone 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the Isotopes. The 24-year-old last pitched on Friday, striking out three of the four batters he faced, and has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances (7.2 IP). Withrow, who was selected by the Dodgers in the first round (20th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has only allowed earned runs in two of his 22 appearances this year.

Castellanos, 26, has a .270 batting average with eight steals, nine home runs and 28 RBI in 43 games with Albuquerque this season. Castellanos went 4-for-23 (.174) with a triple, a homer and three RBI in 16 big league games with the Dodgers last year and tied for the Dodger team lead with both four home runs and 11 RBI in 29 Cactus League games this spring.

Van Slyke is batting .221 with six home runs, five doubles and 11 RBI in 24 games with the Dodgers, while Sellers posted a .188 batting average with a home run, a double and two RBI in 27 contests for the club.
Below are their career stats:

Alex Castellanos

Chris Withrow

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