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Former Major League Infielder Signs with Patriots

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Infielder Alex Castellanos, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012-13, has signed with the Somerset Patriots. Credits: Courtesy of Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed former Major League infielder Alex Castellanos for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to get started,” said Castellanos. “[Former Patriot] Chris Marrero told me to play here. He said it was the place for me to play and continue my career. I am ready to come in and win some games.”

Castellanos enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The versatile former big leaguer broke into the big leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. He split time with the Dodgers in both 2012 and 2013, totaling two home runs, four RBI and seven hits over 24 games including a solo home run off then-San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum.

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The Miami, Fla.native began his professional career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2008. He had three years of service with the Cardinals before he was traded to the Dodgers mid-way through the 2011 season straight up for shortstop Rafael Furcal. That year, Castellanos combined to hit .320 with 23 home runs, 85 RBI and 14 stolen bases over 125 games between Double-A Springfield and Double-A Chattanooga.

Castellanos has played each of the past six seasons at the Triple-A level in the Dodgers, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles organizations. That includes an impressive 2015 season with Triple-A Las Vegas (Mets), in which he hit .314 over 79 games with 16 home runs and 56 RBI. He owns a .285 batting average with 68 home runs, 241 RBI and 49 stolen bases over 465 games at the Triple-A level.

“Alex will be a welcomed addition to our 2018 squad,” said Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Alex provides the combination of power to all fields with high average. He is also a great defender and will be used primarily as our third baseman. He is a former major leaguer who wants to show teams he is fully healthy and ready to go. Alex will be a huge part of our team’s success this year and we are thrilled to have him.”

The Belmont Abbey College alum has hit .286 with 117 home runs, 455 RBI and 123 stolen bases over 10 seasons in minor league baseball.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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