Player of the Week

Chris Castellanos, Cowlitz

Stanford southpaw Chris Castellanos
08/10/2015 11:17 AM -

Cowlitz ace Chris Castellanos of Stanford earned two wins this past week; tossing 15 innings while allowing only one run, five hits and no earned runs. The junior-to-be southpaw only walked one while striking out 17 over two brilliant outings. Castellanos' impressive performances earned the Long Beach, California native WCL Player of the Week honors for August 3-9.

Chris beat Bellingham 3-1 at David Story Field in Longview, Washington on August 4th and finished his regular season with a win yesterday at Kitsap, where he tossed eight-innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball.

Castellanos finished the season 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA over 9 appearances and 8 starts. And the lefty struck out 49 over 53 innings pitched this summer for the Black Bears.

This past spring as a sophomore for the Cardinal, Chris went 2-3 with a 3.44 ERA over 21 appearances, six starts and 49.2 innings pitched.

Castellanos faced fierce competition for the final regular-season Player of the Week honor as Nick Halamandaris of rival Cal put up big numbers for Walla Walla over the Sweets' final 7 games. The junior left-handed hitting slugger went 14-for-31 with 8 runs, two homers and 10 RBI. For the summer, Halamandaris hit .330 with 8 doubles, 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.

At Cal in 2015, the 8th-round draft pick of Seattle in 2012, hit .207 with 3 doubles, a homer and 13 RBIs for the Golden Bears.

Other notable WCL performers were pitcher DJ Wilson of Medford and utility man Nick Madrigal of Corvallis.

Wilson, a freshman at Lane CC, picked up two wins this past week; hurling 13 innings while only allowing 7 hits, a run and no earned runs. Wilson went 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA and 3 saves over 17 appearances for the Rogues this summer. DJ tossed a 7-inning complete game shutout yesterday vs. Corvallis at Goss Stadium to give Medford a season-ending 5-0 victory.

Madrigal, a frosh-to-be at Oregon State, went 9-for-26 with 9 stolen bases for the week. The 17th-round draft pick of Cleveland in the 2015 MLB June draft, set a new WCL single-season stolen bases mark this summer with the Knights, as the Elk Grove High School (CA) product swiped 40 bags. For the summer, Nick hit .303 with 35 runs scored, 9 doubles, two triples and 20 RBI. The future Beaver only struck out 7 times over 178 at bats.


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