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LOD Minor League Spotlight: 1B Pedro Castellanos, Red Sox

Photo Credit: Rob Foldy (Photo by Rob Foldy /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

On July 15, 2015, the Boston Red Sox signed OF Pedro Castellanos to a minor league contract and sent him to the Dominican Summer League to start his professional career. The Carora, Venezuela native played one season in the Dominican Republic, and batted .326, with 23 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 47 RBI in 238 at bats.

The following season, Castellanos was brought to the states where he started with the Florida Gulf Coast League Red Sox, appearing in 52 games, while batting .339, with 14 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 30 RBIs. On September 3, 2017, he was sent to the Full Season A Greenville Drive and in two games, spanning nine at bats, he was 3 for 9, with a double, and an RBI.

In 2018, the 6’3″ outfielder and first baseman started for the Drive and batted safely in 10 of his first 12 games. For the season, spanning 88 games, he batted .302, with 20 doubles, three triples, a home run and 34 RBIs. He did lose some time on the field from May 2 to June 8, due to an injury, but he returned and didn’t lose a beat, increasing his batting average in each month until the end of the season. (June – .271, July – .280, August – .360, Sept – .375). From July 31 to August 11th, he enjoyed an 11-game hit streak, while batting .466 (21 for 45).

The Red Sox honored his strong 2018 finish with a promotion to Class A Advanced Salem Red Sox in 2019 and Castellanos responded with one of his best seasons on the power side by slugging nine home runs in 117 games, while adding 23 doubles, two triples and 71 RBIs. His first home run was hit on May 22 and his second didn’t come until July 17th, but his second half of the season was just as strong as the previous year, as he recorded a two homer game on July 27, then a solo shot the next day to finish the month with four and five overall.

In August he hit one on Aug 3rd and 10th, then had his second two homer game of the season on Aug 10th to complete his nine homer season. Aside from the power threat that he portrayed in 2019, his batting average did dip a bit from the previous season from .302 in 2018 to .276 in 2019, but he showed the Red Sox that he has the potential to compete at a higher level with just four seasons of pro-baseball.

We all know what happened in 2020 as Minor League baseball lost the season due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, but when allowed to do so, Castellanos continued his training to be ready for when the players were allowed compete on the field again, and so far the power threat is back for the 23 year old prospect.

In 25 games in 2021 with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, Castellanos has 22 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 16 RBIs. In his last four games he is batting .388 (7 for 18), with five runs scored, a double, triple and two home runs (Back to Back games), and four RBIs.

A bat with pop and major potential, Castellanos continues to showcase his talents at every level the organization sends him to and with his continued success comes the opportunity to get closer to the majors.  He is a player to watch as the season progresses and beyond.

David Conde
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