Catching Prospect Curt Casali Joins Bulls
On Monday, catcher Curt Casali was promoted to Durham from Double-A Montgomery, marking his first career stop at the Triple-A level. In 22 games with the Biscuits this season, he hit .314-1-13 (22-for-70) while posting an OBP of .500, the third-best OBP in all of Minor League Baseball. Additionally, from 4/15-4/26, he posted a career-best 10-game hitting streak (.519-1-8, 14-27, 16 BB, .698 OBP), recording the highest OBP in Minor League Baseball in that span.
Just 25 years old, 2014 marks Casali’s second season in the Rays’ organization, after he was traded by Detroit to Tampa Bay in exchange for LHP Kyle Lobstein in March of 2013. Casali opened last season with Advanced-A Charlotte, hitting .267 over 46 games, before a late-July promotion to Montgomery. From there the Connecticut native went on a tear, hitting .383 (46-for-120) over 35 contests, and he was named the Rays Minor League Player of the Month in August when he hit .396-5-26 in 27 games.
A product of Vanderbilt University where he majored in corporate communications, he was also an All-State baseball and All-State football player at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. He was originally selected by the Tigers in the 10th round of the 2011 draft.