Casteel goes deep again

By JOE CANNON
Posted 5/12/19

After getting Friday night off, Ryan Casteel was back in the Mississippi Braves' lineup Saturday and Sunday and responded by getting on base four times.Hitting in the No. 5 hole as the designated …

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Casteel goes deep again

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After getting Friday night off, Ryan Casteel was back in the Mississippi Braves' lineup Saturday and Sunday and responded by getting on base four times.

Hitting in the No. 5 hole as the designated hitter in both games, the former Bradley Central and Cleveland State standout blasted a solo home run and drew a walk in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Montgomery Biscuits, a Tampa Bay farm club.

On Sunday, Casteel roped a double and drew another free pass in four trips to the plate in a 9-3 defeat.

While hitting a modest .269, he has a strong .387 on base percentage in 16 games for the Atlanta Braves' Double-A farm team.

Eight of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases with five two-baggers and a trio of round-trippers to drive in eight runs. He currently has a .538 slugging percentage, with a .926 OPS.

Reaching base in 13 games, Casteel has also drawn nine base on balls and scored seven times.

Mississippi is 17-18 and in third place in the Southern League's South Division. The Braves have three more games at North Division-leading Montgomery before finishing up their 10-game road trip with five games in Birmingham (Chicago White Sox), which is in the North Division cellar, beginning Thursday.

A 2010 draft pick of the Colorado Rockies, Casteel is in his 10th professional season. He also played in the Seattle Mariners system for a year and a half. After playing Independent League ball last season, he signed with the Atlanta organization in January.

In 642 Minor League games, the 27-year-old has 660 hits in 2,411 at bats for a .274 BA, plus has a .333 OBP. He has blasted 67 home runs, ripped 159 doubles and 14 triples to drive in 351 runs and score 320 times.


Southern League

North Division

                                                        W      L        Pct.    GB

Montgomery (Rays) .           23     13    . 639    —

Chattanooga (Reds) .           20     14    .588    2

Jackson (Diamondbacks)   18      16   .529     4

Tennessee (Cubs)                    17     18   .486    5½

Birmingham (White Sox)    13     22   .371    9½

South Division

                                                           W       L     Pct.     GB

Pensacola (Twins)                  23      13   .639      —

Biloxi (Brewers)                      18       19   .486      5½

Mississippi (Braves)              17       18   .486       5½

Mobile (Angels)                       15       20   .429       7½

Jacksonville (Marlins)          13       24   .351       10½

Sunday's Games

Birmingham at Tennessee, ppd.

Pensacola at Chattanooga, ppd.

Jackson at Mobile, ppd.

Montgomery 9, Mississippi 3

Biloxi 7, Jacksonville 1

Monday's Games

Birmingham at Tennessee, Game 1, 11:30 a.m.

Birmingham at Tennessee, Game 2, TBD

Mississippi at Montgomery, 11:35 a.m.

Pensacola at Chattanooga, Game 1, 5:15 p.m.

Pensacola at Chattanooga, Game 2, TBD

Jackson at Mobile, Game 1, 6:05 p.m.

Jackson at Mobile, Game 2, TBD

Biloxi at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

Birmingham at Tennessee, 12 p.m.

Biloxi at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m.

Pensacola at Chattanooga, 7:15 p.m.

Jackson at Mobile, 7:35 p.m.

Mississippi at Montgomery, 7:35 p.m.

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