News & Notes: Castellanos Clears Waivers, Optioned To El Paso


Alex Castellanos from 2012-Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

According to the official transactions page of the San Diego Padres, the team has sent Alex Castellanos to Triple-A El Paso. He originally has to clear waivers prior to the team being able to option him back to their minor league affiliate. In just over 900 career minor league at-bats, Castellanos has a slash line of .284/.377/.511. The 27-year-old has been designated for assignment several times before by the Padres, and it was the first time that he cleared waivers. Castellanos as a result, was not able to refuse the assignment and elect free agency as an option.

Castellanos was originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 amateur draft in the 10th round. In 43 career big league plate appearances, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he’s hitting .171 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. The Padres acquired the outfielder by claiming him off of waivers back in March of this year from Texas Rangers.