Tater Tuesday – John Castellano (2001)

John Castellano led the Timber Rattlers in several offensive categories in 2001.

John Castellano led the Timber Rattlers in several offensive categories in 2001.

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

John Castellano joined the Seattle Mariners organization from the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.  He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 66th round of the 1997 draft.

Castellano was not on the opening day roster of the Timber Rattlers in 2001, but it didn’t take him long to join the team as he played his first game as a Rattler on April 19.  His first appearance was a pinch-hit, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth.

He would lead the team in average (.334), doubles (34), RBI (81), and – as you might expect since he is featured on Tater Tuesday – home runs (14).

HR #1
Date: May 10
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Adam Thomas
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Cedar Rapids 1

HR #2
Date: May 13
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Thad Markray
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Dayton 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Dayton 0

HR #3
Date: May 15
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: John Stone
Inning: 17th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Fort Wayne 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne 2
Note: A walkoff home run to end the second longest game in Timber Rattlers history.

HR #4
Date: June 8
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Runelvys Hernandez
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Burlington 0

HR #5
Date: June 15
Opponent: Michigan Battlecats
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Juan Campos
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Michigan 0
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Michigan 0

HR #6
Date: July 3
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Ramon Castillo
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0

HR #7
Date: July 13
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jon Leicester
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Lansing 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Lansing 1

HR #8
Date: July 18
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: John Novinsky
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2

HR #9
Date: August 14
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Travis Devine
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 10, Fort Wayne 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Fort Wayne 3

HR #10
Date: August 14
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeremy Webster
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 15, Fort Wayne 5
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 17, Fort Wayne 5
Note: Castellano went 5-for-7 with a pair of homers, a single, two doubles, four runs scored, and six RBI in this game.  He had five hits in his first five at bats, but grounded out and struck out in his final two at bats.

HR #11
Date: August 16
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Pete Smart
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 1

HR #12
Date: August 25
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Johnson
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 3
Note: The Rattlers rallied to win this game 12-7 in eleven innings.

HR #13
Date: September 2
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Adam Thomas
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 4

HR #14
Date: September 2
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: William Morris
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 5
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids 7
Note: Castellano drove in five runs in this game.  The Rattlers would score two more runs in the seventh inning and took that 9-7 lead into the top of the ninth.  But, Cedar Rapids tied the game on a two-out, two-run home run by Mike Eylward.  The Kernels would win the game with three runs in the top of the eleventh.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

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