SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Local professional baseball player Ryan Casteel made the most of a Spring Training appearance for the Seattle Mariners in a comeback victory over Arizona Friday afternoon in a …
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Local professional baseball player Ryan Casteel made the most of a Spring Training appearance for the Seattle Mariners in a comeback victory over Arizona Friday afternoon in a split-squad Cactus League contest.
The former Bradley Central standout, who hit a school record 32 home runs from 2006-09, launched a grand slam with one out in the ninth to help lead a seven-run ninth for a 9-5 win.
Casteel’s mammoth shot from the right side of the plate to dead center gave Seattle a 6-5 lead. His second-ever Spring Training home run sailed onto the batter’s eye, roughly 20-feet above the wall in center 410-feet away from home plate.
In his first professional season with the Mariners, who lead the Cactus League standings with a 14-8 record, the 25-year-old first baseman/catcher has appeared in five games so far.
The career .274 minor league hitter is 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run and four RBIs.
Casteel looks to regain his power numbers similar to his 2013 and 2014 minor league seasons when he hit a combined 38 round trippers, as he was limited over the past two seasons by a quad injury.
The 2010 17th round draft choice by the Colorado Rockies has 52 career home runs and a .433 slugging percentage.
He is hoping to start the season in Triple-A with the Tacoma Rainiers, where he will continue to fight for a big league promotion.
Casteel was a career .459 hitter with 151 RBIs in his time at Bradley. His .538 batting average and 57 RBIs are still single season records.
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