Former Orioles infielder signs with York Revolution

  • Infielder Alexi Casilla brings nine years of major league experience to the York Revolution.
  • His best season came in 2008, when he hit .281 with seven home runs and 50 RBIs.
  • He started in 67 games for the Orioles in 2013 and one more game in 2014, hitting .207.

A longtime major leaguer is the newest addition to the York Revolution.

The team announced Wednesday that it has signed infielder Alexi Casilla, who played with the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles.

Alexi Casilla

A native of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, Casilla enters his 14th professional season and brings nine years of big-league experience to York. The 32-year-old was originally signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Angels in 2003 and made his debut the following season.

In 2005, Casilla was traded from the Angels to the Twins in a deal that sent pitcher J.C. Romero to Anaheim. Casilla quickly rose through the Twins system, making his major league debut Sept. 1, 2006. He would go on to play more than 500 games for the Twins over the following six seasons, hitting an even .250 in his career with Minnesota. His best season came in 2008, when he hit .281 with seven home runs and 50 RBIs, and led the American League with 13 sacrifices bunts.

In the 2009 American League Central Division tiebreaker game, Casilla hit a walk-off single to score Carlos Gómez from second base in the bottom of the 12th inning, helping the Twins defeat the Detroit Tigers, clinching the final playoff spot.

Casilla continued his big-league career with the Orioles in 2013, after being signed off of waivers at the end of the 2012 season. He started in 67 games for the Orioles in 2013 and one more game for the Birds in 2014, hitting .207 and driving in 10 runs as an Oriole.

Casilla is a .247 career hitter in the major leagues.

“Alexi should be a major factor for us in the field and at the plate,” Revolution manager Mark Mason said in a news release. “A guy like that brings the experience that will benefit the younger players and can make all the difference in a game, and we’re excited to have him.”

The versatile infielder has started games at second base, third base and shortstop in his career, and last year he spent the entire season with Buffalo, the Triple-A Toronto Blue Jays affiliate. There he hit .241, with two home runs and 16 runs driven in. He has also played winter ball at home in the Dominican Republic throughout the majority of his pro career.

The Revs entered Wednesday night's game at 12-20 and in last place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division, six games out of first place.