23-Year-Old Third Baseman – Detroit Tigers
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
As the Tigers’ top positional prospect heading into the 2014 season, many pundits had high hopes for Castellanos. On the surface, Castellanos had a mediocre first full season in the majors, hitting .2...
Nick Castellanos Contract Information:
Signed with the Tigers in August 2010.
Castellanos (finger) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.
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|Sep. 21||CWS||Did not play.|
|Sep. 16||@Min||Did not play.|
|Sep. 12||@Cle||Did not play.|
|Sep. 11||@Cle||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Days||26||1||5||3||0||0||1||0||4||0||0||0||0||3||.192||.192||.308||.500|
|Last 14 Days||49||3||16||7||0||0||4||0||10||0||0||0||1||4||.327||.320||.469||.789|
|Last 30 Days||96||7||26||11||0||0||7||2||30||0||1||0||1||5||.271||.283||.385||.668|
Nick Castellanos: MLB Games Played By Position
Nick Castellanos Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2015 projections for Nick Castellanos||3-Year Averages||297||275||6.1%||23.6%||0.26||75%||.330||.124|
2015 Stat Review for Nick Castellanos As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)
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Detroit Tigers Roster
MajorsAlburquerque, Al (P)
AAAGreen, Dean (DH)
AAAlbernaz, Craig (C)
A+De La Rosa, Edgar (P)
AFuentes, Steven (3B)
Nick Castellanos: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Castellanos is the Tigers' top prospect and widely considered a top-25 prospect league-wide. He validated the high praise from scouts in 2013 by putting together a solid campaign during his first taste of Triple-A ball. In 533 at-bats with the Mud Hens, Castellanos hit .276/.343/.450 with 18 homers and 76 RBI. While his batting average dipped below .300 for the first time in his minor league career, Castellanos made great strides in the power department, as his 18 homers topped the 17 total home runs he had racked up through 1,068 at-bats the previous three seasons. He also flashed improved plate discipline, raising his BB/K ratio to 0.54 and his contact rate to 81 percent. The 22-year-old had his first exposure with the Tigers during a September callup. Castellanos was primarily deployed against left-handed pitchers, finishing with a .278 batting average in 18 at-bats. Despite the lack of playing time during his initial promotion, Castellanos is expected to battle for a full-time role in spring training. Following the trade of Prince Fielder to Texas in November, Castellanos is expected to be converted back to third base after spending the past season and half in the minors learning the outfield. While he initially projects to be more of a gap hitter in the majors, Castellanos' frame (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and swing hint at 20-25 home-run power as he develops. Perspective owners will want to watch Castellanos closely during spring training to see if he can earn a full-time role with the Tigers. If he nabs the gig, Castellanos will be considered a preseason candidate for AL Rookie of the Year honors.
Castellanos, the Tigers' 2010 sandwich pick rocketed up the prospect rankings last season. He started off the season with High-A Lakeland, where he slashed his way to a .405/.461/.553 line in 215 at-bats before getting bumped up a level. At Double-A Erie, Castellanos saw his line drop to .264/.296/.382 in 322 at-bats. His production in Erie was obviously a step back, but it's still solid production for a 20-year-old seeing his first action in the higher levels of the minor leagues. One big boost in value that came from his promotion was a position change from third base to the outfield. At the hot corner, Castellanos was blocked by Miguel Cabrera for years to come, but a move to the outfield has sped up his clock. Now, Castellanos could factor into the roster mix for the Tigers as soon as this season. With just 17 homers in 1,068 at-bats in the minors, Castellanos has not fully flashed his power stroke yet, but his large frame (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and extra-base power (32 and 36 doubles the past two seasons) hint at power that will develop down the line. He might not make much of a fantasy impact this season, but Castellanos' potential should have dynasty owners salivating at his potential a few years from now.
The Tigers selected Castellanos in the supplemental first round of the 2010 draft. Ranked as one of the best high school hitters in his draft class, Castellanos has quickly lived up to the hype. During his first full season of pro ball, Castellanos hit .312/.367/.436 with 46 extra-base hits in 507 at-bats for Low-A West Michigan. Castellanos struggled a bit with his plate discipline (45:130 BB:K), but his batting eye should improve with more time in the minors. He's also considered a solid defender at the hot corner, so his defense won't hold him back from moving through Detroit's system. In fact, Detroit already believes in Castellanos enough to have traded fellow third base prospect Francisco Martinez prior to the 2011 deadline, so his path to the majors is wide open. At 20, Castellanos could still use some extra time to develop, but he appears on track to make a splash in Detroit as soon as 2013.