Saturday, February 4, 2012

Midwest League Prospect

By Corey R. Cunningham

With their first round selection of the 2010 amateur the Detroit Tigers selected 3B prospect Nick Castellanos. He brings a lot to the table with his raw talent, and can hopefully turn into the 3B of the future for the Tigers, a position of which they have been lacking the past few years. Nick stands in at a comfortable 6’ 4”, 200lb batting right and throwing right.

As a senior out of Archbishop McCarthy (High School), Nick led his team in a .485 BA, belting 8 HR and 45 RBI. He won the Home Run Derby contest, and won the Silver Spikes player of the game award, awarded by Under Armour at the All-American game.

Nick was the NO.4 ranked prospect in 2010 in the ESPNU rankings. He was selected to the USA Baseball 18U National Team. He batted clean up for the team, where he batted .308 with 8 extra base hits and 1 HR. Needless to say, the team won the Gold medal.

In 2010 he played rookie ball for 7 games. In 29 plate appearances, he had 8 hits, 2 being extra base hits; 3 RBI. He walked 4 times, and striking out 5.

In 2011, playing in the Midwest League for Western Michigan, he played 135 game season. His batting average was .312, hitting 39 extra base hits. He slugged .436, hitting 7 HR and driving in 76, and scoring 65 times.

His numbers prove right now he will be a stud at the corner position. However, let us not get caught up in the fantastic numbers, as anything could happen. Nick needs to keep his confidence up and his place discipline in control; out of 507 AB, he whiffed 130 times. That is a lot of strikeouts, however, his average of .312 makes up for it. He will need to control his pitch selection and continue his dominance of the bat.

My Prediction: 2015 September call up. I believe he will be promoted to the next level in 2012, and with the accusation of Prince Fielder and him moving to first base, that leaves Miguel Cabrera at third base. Rumor mill has been spinning around, some say Cabrera could move to the corner outfield position if his weight is not dropped or he simply cannot handle 3B effectively. Cabrera is under team control until 2015, leaving Castellanos in the minors until then, unless a Cabrera position change occurs.

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