Saturday, September 14, 2013

Welcome to the Blue, Nick and Alex!

As the Dodgers struggle with keeping their outfielders healthy, they decide to call up a couple of extra farmhands to help them out.  Announced today, both Alex Castellanos and Nick Buss have been sent to the Dodgers.

Nick Castellanos first came up to the team in 2012, and Nick Buss is joining the Major League roster for the very first time in his career.

In celebration of this announcement I made the above two fantasy cards for them.

From a Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled outfielder Alex Castellanos and selected the contract of outfielder Nick Buss from Triple-A Albuquerque and, in a corresponding move, transferred right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez to the 60-day disabled list.

Buss, 26, will be making his Major League debut and batted .303 with 17 homers and 100 RBI in 131 games with Triple-A Albuquerque this season to earn selections as both a midseason Pacific Coast League All-Star and a spot on the postseason All-PCL Team. The Michigan native led the circuit in RBI and ranked among the league leaders in hits (139, T-10th), runs (84, 6th), triples (11, 2nd), total bases (241, 3rd), steals (21, T-13th) and slugging percentage (.525, 4th). Buss, who was primarily a corner outfielder, ended the season on a roll by hitting .323 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 43 games after the All-Star break. Buss, who bats left handed, is in his sixth professional season and was originally selected by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of USC.

Castellanos batted .257 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI in 105 games with Triple-A Albuquerque and also appeared in four games with the Dodgers, going 2-for-9 (.222) during a June big league stint. The 27-year-old stole 19 bases in 24 attempts with the Isotopes this season, while having success against right-handed pitchers with a .282 batting average (75-for-266), a .378 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage. Castellanos made his Major League debut in 2012, has gone 6-for-32 (.188) with a home run and three RBI in 20 MLB games and was originally acquired by the Dodgers in the Rafael Furcal trade with St. Louis on July 31, 2011.

Dominguez has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a left quad strain and posted a 2.16 ERA (2 ER/8.1 IP) in nine appearances with the Dodgers this season.

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