Castellanos rallies Rafters past Peoria
Dodgers prospect plates three, falls a homer short of cycle
Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, it doesn't matter where Alex Castellanos plays, he continues to wield a red-hot bat.
The Dodgers prospect drove in three runs and fell a homer shy of the cycle Tuesday as the Salt River Rafters opened the Arizona Fall League season with a 12-9 win over the Peoria Javelinas.
With the Rafters trailing, 7-6, in the eighth inning, Castellanos delivered a bases-loaded triple. The 25-year-old outfielder finished 3-for-6 and scored twice.
Selected by the Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2008 Draft, Castellanos was traded to the Dodgers on July 31 for former All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal. After batting .319 in 93 games for Double-A Springfield, the Florida native hit .322 in 32 contests for Chattanooga.
Overall, Castellanos batted .320 with a career-high 23 homers and 85 RBIs and was named to the Texas League All-Star team. He also stole 14 bases and posted a personal-best .958 OPS.
Texas League All-Star Tim Wheeler (Rockies) was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and D-backs prospect Adam Eaton reached base four times and scored twice for the Rafters.
Rockies farmhand Parker Frazier was credited with the win after allowing a hit and striking out one in the seventh.
Cards prospect and Texas League Player of the Year Matt Adams, collected three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs for Peoria. Jaff Decker (Padres) went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Keith Butler (Cardinals) took the loss after allowing four runs on four walks while retiring two batters in the eighth.
Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.