Casper Charles Wells Jr....is a 5th generation Casper in his family...native of Schenectady, NY...attended Towson State University (2003-05)...named All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a sophomore in 2004...selected the CAA Player of the Year after hitting .362 (77x213) with 18 HR and 66 RBI in 58 games as a junior in 2005.
Casper went to Spring Training with the Mariners, however, he was designated for assignment, March 31, and went on to see big league action with Oakland, the White Sox and Philadelphia ... all told, hit .126 (12-for-95) with two doubles and a RBI in 53 games ... Played 11 games in right field, five games in center field and two at pitcher ... Was claimed off waivers by Toronto, April 10 ... did not appear in a game for the Blue Jays before he was designated for assignment, April 15 ... Traded to Oakland, April 22, for a cash consideration ... played three games for the A's before he was designated for assignment, April 28, and traded to the White Sox for a cash consideration the following day ... Made his first career appearance at pitcher, June 28 vs. Cleveland, tossing a scoreless inning ... Claimed off waivers by the Phillies, August 8 ... made his second pitching appearance, August 24 vs. Arizona, allowing five runs in 0.2 innings ... Season ended prematurely as he was on the 15-day disabled list, August 26-September 27, with vision issues due to dry eye ... Played for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuela Winter League ... batted .178 (8-for-45) with one home run and six RBI in 19 games.
Appeared in 93 games, making 74
starts (LF-42, RF-23, CF-9) in three
stints with the Mariners ... Led Mariners and ranked T12th in the
American League with 8 OF assists ... Hit .267 (35x131) with 7 doubles, 3
triples, 7 home runs, 20 RBI, .364
OBP, .527 SLG, .891 OPS vs. LHP
(.195/30x154, 3 HR vs. RHP) ... Recorded pair of 5-RBI games
(career-high): July 16 at KC (2x5, R,
3B, HR, 5 RBI) & Oct. 3 vs. LAA (2x3,
2 R, HR, 5 RBI, HBP, BB) ... During Interleague play hit .355 (22x62) with 11 runs, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 12 RBI ... Optioned to AAA Tacoma May 24 and recalled June 13...spent one week with Tacoma to
end the AAA season before returning to Seattle ... Got the start in LF May 13 in NY, his first ever start (2nd game) in Yankee Stadium...the
Schenectady, NY, native was 2-for-4 with a walk, 3 RBI and a key home run in front of over
20 family and friends, including his mom, on Mother's Day.
Hit .216 (22x102) with 1 double, 7 home runs and 15 RBI in 31 games with Seattle...Had 7 outfield assists (SEA & DET combined) to lead all rookie outfielders...included pair of assists Aug. 29 vs. LAA...Did not play Sept. 17-end of season while battling vertigo like symptoms...Was 3-for-final-45 (.067) over last 15 games...started Seattle career 19-for-57 (.333) with 6 HR, 14 RBI in first 15 games July 31-Aug. 22...Left game Aug. 17 in 6th after being hit on tip of nose by Brandon Morrow pitch...Homered in 4 consecutive games Aug. 13-16 to tie Mariners rookie record for consecutive games with HR (Danny Tartabull, 1986)...first Mariner with HR in 4 straight games since a 5-game streak in 1999 (A. Rodriguez)...Made Mariners debut July 31 vs. Tampa Bay (started in LF)...went 1-for-4 with RBI...Hit safely in 20 of 26 games started with the Tigers (.275/25x91, 9 2B, 4 HR)...Belted his first career leadoff home run on June 22 at Los Angeles (NL)...Recorded career-high 3 hits June 7 at Texas (3x6, R, 2 2B, RBI w/DET)...Optioned to AAA Toledo on July 19...appeared in 7 games, batting .370 (10x27) with 4
runs, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 6 RBI...Made Opening Day roster with Detroit for first time in his career.
Assigned to Triple A Toledo to open the 2010 season before he saw his first major league action in two separate stints
with the Tigers.
...Fourth in the International League with a home run once every 18.43 at-bats, while he tied for fifth with six triples.
...Topped all International League outfielders with 12 assists and six double plays.
...Belted a season-high two home runs for the Mud Hens on April 20 at Louisville.
...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on May 14.
...Made his major league debut on May 15 versus Boston, going hitless in four at-bats.
...Collected his first major league hit on May 19 at Oakland, a single in the third inning off Dallas Braden.
...Optioned back to Toledo by the Tigers on May 21.
...Compiled a 12-game hitting streak July 30-August 11, batting .422 (19x45) with 13 runs scored, seven doubles, two
triples, four home runs and nine RBI.
...Seventh in the International League with a .354 batting average (23x65) in 18 games during August -- scored 15 runs
during the month, while he collected seven doubles, three triples, five home runs and 12 RBI.
...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo for the remainder of the season on August 23.
...Belted his first major league home run on September 2 at Minnesota, a game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning off
...Established a career high with four hits on September 14 at Texas.
...Hit .344 (21x62) with a double, triple, four home runs and 10 RBI in 22 games during September.
...Named the 19th-best prospect and rated as possessing the best outfield arm in the Tigers organization following the
season by Baseball America.
...Saw action in nine games with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the season, hitting .242 (8x33) with
three doubles, a triple and two RBI.
Limited to 86 games with Double A Erie during the 2009 season as he missed nearly two months of action with a left
wrist sprain...Tied for the lead among all Eastern League outfielders with four double plays...Sidelined April 14-June 9 with a left wrist sprain...Compiled a season-high 16-game hitting streak July 10-28, batting .393 (24x61) with five doubles, two triples, five home
runs and 16 RBI...Batted .404 (21x52) over the course of a 14-game hitting streak August 20-September 2, collecting three doubles, a
triple, four home runs and 11 RBI...Hit .287 (54x188) with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 50 games following the all-star break...batted .220 (27x123) with
five home runs and 11 RBI in 36 games prior to the all-star break...Named the 16th-best prospect and rated as possessing the best outfield arm in the Tigers organization following the
season by Baseball America...Saw action in 21 games with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League following the season, hitting .351 (27x77) with six
doubles, three triples, four home runs and 25 RBI -- third in the league with 25 RBI and a .662 slugging percentage,
while he tied for fourth with three triples and finished 10th with a .351 batting average.
Split the 2008 season between Single A West Michigan and Double A Erie, combining to hit .269 (121x449) with 90 runs scored, 25 doubles, six triples, 27 home runs, 79 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 125 games...Opened the season with West Michigan -- earned Midwest League mid-season all-star honors...Collected a season-high four hits on April 7 versus Great Lakes, while he belted two home runs -- equaled the high with
four hits on May 13 at Fort Wayne, connecting for two home runs in that game as well...Hit by a pitch four times on May 2 versus Quad Cities -- established a Midwest League record...Tied for second in the Midwest League with six home runs during May...Promoted to Erie from West Michigan on June 6...Collected four hits for the SeaWolves on July 17 at Akron, matching a season high accomplished twice with the Whitecaps -- equaled the best with four hits on July 29 at Akron and August 7 at Reading...Hit for the cycle on July 29 at Akron, driving in a season-high five runs -- equaled the high with five RBI on August 5
versus Harrisburg...Belted a season-high three home runs on August 5 versus Harrisburg...Tabbed the Eastern League Player of the Week for August 4-10 after hitting .414 (12x29) with 13 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, five home runs and 11 RBI in seven games...Selected the Eastern League Player of the Month and the Tigers Minor League Player of the Month for August after
batting .345 (38x110) with 34 runs scored, 10 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 28 games -- led the Eastern League with 86 total bases, 10 home runs and 27 RBI during the month, while he finished seventh with a .345 batting average...Batted .301 (56x186) against righthanded pitchers with Erie...hit .262 (22x84) against lefties in the Eastern League...Hit .338 (23x68) with runners in scoring position for Erie...Batted .321 (25x78) with six doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI in 23 games for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the season -- tied for third in the league with eight home runs, while he finished fourth with a .705 slugging percentage.
Selected to the New York-Penn League's mid-season all-star squad as he led the league with 11 triples and 38 extra base hits for Single A Oneonta during the 2007 season...Third in the New-York Penn League with a .523 slugging percentage, while he tied for fifth with nine home runs...Joined Single A Lakeland on April 19 -- saw action in two games before being assigned to Oneonta on May 11...Established season highs with two home runs and five RBI on June 28 at Tri-City...Collected a season-best four hits on August 5 at Lowell...Topped the New York-Penn League with 65 total bases during August, while he tied for fourth with 23 RBI -- hit .297
(33x111) with 19 runs scored, nine doubles, seven triples and three home runs in 27 games during the month...Fared better against lefthanded pitchers with Oneonta, batting .333 (28x84)...hit .233 (41x176) versus righties...Saw action in all three of Oneonta's games during the New York-Penn League playoffs, batting .250 (3x12) with a triple
and an RBI.
Split the season between A Lakeland and A Oneonta...played in 5 games with Lakeland before he was assigned to Oneonta on May 12...hit .311 (14x45) against lefthanded pitchers and .167 (10x60) versus righties with Oneonta.
Made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Tigers...T2nd in the GCL with 5 triples, 3rd with 19 extra-base hits.