Casteel cools some, but still has punch

By JOE CANNON
Posted 7/15/19

After blistering through June and the first few days of July, local pro baseball player Ryan Casteel has cooled off just a bit, but still has some punch.

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Casteel cools some, but still has punch

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After blistering through June and the first few days of July, local pro baseball player Ryan Casteel has cooled off just a bit, but still has some punch.

Hitting just .212 in his last 10 games, the former Bradley Central and Cleveland State standout sent two of his seven hits out of the park, plus laced his first triple of the season, while driving in seven runs and scoring four times himself during the span.

With six hits in his last seven games, plus reaching base with a walk in the other, he is hitting .287 on the season with more hits (75) than games played (74).

Casteel has a .354 on base percentage with a .529 slugging mark and a .883 OPS.

Thirty of his 75 safeties have gone for extra bases with 16 homers, 13 doubles and his three-bagger. Casteel has driven in 51 runs and scored 34 times this season for the Double-A Mississippi Braves.

Despite not getting on the team's official roster until two weeks into the season, he leads the team in home runs, RBIs and is second in OPS.

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