Baltimore Orioles claim Alexi Casilla (2004-05) off waivers
The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Alexi Casilla (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2004-05) off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, the team announced. Casilla hit .241 with 17 doubles, 1 HR, 30 RBI and stole a career high 21 bases in 106 games for the Twins in 2012. The move comes exactly one year to the date when the Orioles claimed another former Kernels alum in a waiver acquisition. Darren O’Day proved to be a major addition to their 2012 playoff run after being claimed from the Texas Rangers on November 2, 2011.
Alexi Casilla was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. The 2004 Kernels squad finished with a record of 75-64 under manager Bobby Magallanes. The Kernels lost in the 1st round of the Midwest League playoffs to the Clinton Lumberkings. Casilla hit .310 with a triple, 2 doubles and 1 RBI in 9 games for the Kernels. He returned as a member of the 2005 Kernels squad that finished 65-75 under manager Bobby Magallanes. Casilla hit .325 with 3 HR, 11 doubles, 17 RBI and stole 29 bases in 78 games for the Kernels.
The Minnesota Twins had acquired Alexi Casilla in exchange for J.C. Romero on December 9, 2005 from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Casilla has hit .250 with 11 HR, 147 RBI and stole 71 bases during his seven MLB seasons with the Twins.