Saturday, July 6, 2013
Castellanos keeps pushing
By Jason A. Churchill
Detroit Tigers' top prospect Nick Castellanos continues to mash in Triple-A Toledo, and if the club sees a need for an offensive upgrade, the 21-year-old could get the nod.
After a slow start to the season, Castellanos has been ridiculously good to get his season numbers up to .294/.370/.473 with 11 home runs and 27 doubles. Just as importantly, his walk rate has soared and he's cut the strikeouts down significantly.
Castellanos has made a solid transition to the outfield -- he was originally a shortstop who started his pro career at third base -- and the Tigers may have use for him in left field this summer.
Right now, however, they appear to be riding things out with Avisail Garcia, Andy Dirks and, when healthy, Matt Tuiasosopo.
ESPN Insider Jim Bowden says Castellanos makes Andy Dirks and fellow outfield prospect Avisail Garcia expendable:
Jim BowdenCastellanos nearly ready
"The Tigers moved top prospect Castellanos -- formerly a third baseman -- to left field during spring training since Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder are firmly entrenched on the infield corners for years to come. Castellanos has done a good job adjusting to his new position, and his bat is about ready for the major leagues. The 21-year-old is hitting .296/.374/.482 with 27 doubles and 11 homers for Triple-A Toledo. Garcia has more trade value than Dirks, but the Tigers view him as a long-term replacement for Torii Hunter when his contract expires after the 2014 season. However, if they can acquire the right closer at the trade deadline, they might include Garcia in a deal."