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Prospect in the Rafael Furcal Trade

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Prospect in the Rafael Furcal Trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfield prospect Alex Castellanos. Here is my take.

Alex Castellanos, OF: Castellanos was drafted in the 10th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Originally a middle infielder, he converted to the outfield in 2010. Interestingly, his hitting production took a big step forward after the positional switch, and he's having a fine year for Double-A Springfield in '11, hitting .319/.379/.562 with 19 homers, 24 walks, and 94 strikeouts in 354 at-bats. A 25-year-old right-handed hitter, he has mediocre tools but has put up big numbers this year. His plate discipline needs work, and despite the line at Springfield I'd rate him a Grade C prospect at this point, with a chance to be a bench asset.