Nick Castellanos – 3B – Detroit Tigers
Height: 6'4" Weight: 210 lbs. -- Hits: Right Throws: Right
2013 Stats (AAA) – .276/.343/.450, 18 HR, 76 RBI, 81 Runs, 4 Steals
Nick Castellanos may be the biggest little ballplayer you will ever see. His size and upper cut swing suggest he would be a power hitting prospect but that is really not the case here at all. Castellanos has somewhat of a jerky swing that he makes up for with quick wrists and a very nice right-center field approach. He has a veteran’s presence both on and off the field. He has worked hard to cut down on his strikeouts and take more pitches which he has been successful at each of the past two seasons. Despite the uneasiness of his swing he is able to make good solid contact a majority of the time. He handles inside pitches quite well for a young player as well. The Tigers had moved Castellanos to the outfield since they had Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera clogging up the corners but he will now move back to third base with the departure of Fielder. He is a below average infielder and has very slow feet both on the field and on the basepaths. He will never be a stolen base threat either. Overall, Castellanos is a very solid hitter who has the natural ability as well as the drive to be a good professional. He won’t make many All-Star appearances but should be more than adequate for the Tigers now and in the future.
The Tigers traded Prince Fielder this off-season clearing the way for Castellanos to move back to his native position at third base. He is fully expected to be the Tigers starting 3B on opening day and receive the lions share of at-bats this season. The value in Castellanos is that he has major league average power and will be a part of a very good Tigers lineup this season. There should be plenty of runners on base for him and he has proven that he can hit with runners in scoring position (.278 minor league average with RISP). As is the case with any prospect you don’t want to draft him to be your starter that is for sure. Ideally, he would be a reserve corner infielder on a good fantasy team this year. Despite his status as the Tigers number one prospect the upside for Castellanos is very limited. A stat line along the lines of .268/.332/.418, 16 HR, 69 RBI, 64 runs, 3 steals would be a well received season for him.
Paul Konerko – Similar look and build also the position changes early on in career. They also have similar makeup and finish on their swing.
Dustin Pedroia – The swing and approach at the plate reminds me of the Red Sox 2B.
Castellanos has an average draft position of 278.5 according to the Fantasy Baseball Players Championship (FBPC).
Castellanos has an average draft position of 256.97 according to the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC).
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