Quad Cities Makes Pair of Roster Changes

Outfielder Nick Longmire and catcher Juan Castillo move from the New York-Penn League playoffs to the Midwest League post-season as injury fill-ins.

For the winner-takes-all Game 3 of the first round of the Midwest League playoffs Friday night, the Quad Cities River Bandits were assigned a pair of reinforcements from the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League, eliminated from their post-season Thursday night.

The new Bandits are outfielder Nick Longmire and catcher Juan Castillo. Both will be making their full season debuts.

Longmire, 21 years of age, was the Cardinals' fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft. He hit .287 for Batavia with nine home runs and 55 RBI in only 68 games. Longmire had a .372 on-base mark and slugged .483. He was the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for the period ending June 27 and was named to the league All-Star Team.

Castillo (pictured), 20, has reached his third level of play in 2010. He only spent about a month with Batavia after having been promoted from Johnson City on August 1. Between the two stops, the native of the Dominican Republic posted an impressive .328/.368/.517 line in 116 at-bats over 32 games. Castillo hit four home runs and drove in 13.

In the corresponding transactions, outfielders Michael Swinson and Edgar Lara were placed on the Bandits' disabled list. Swinson left Game 1 with a knee injury and catcher Cody Stanley reportedly has a shoulder problem, which may help explain Castillo's addition.

The nature of Lara's injury was not reported. He will be missed as he currently has a ten-game hitting streak and in the current series was 3-for-6, with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

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