Down on the Farm: My First Impression of Nick Castellanos


Nineteen year-old Nick Castellanos was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round–44th overall–of the June First-Year Player Draft. He decided to snub the University of Miami and sign with the Detroit Tigers for $3.45 million. That mammoth chunk of change was the fifth highest bonus in the 2010 draft! Due to signing late, Castellanos didn’t get into very many games last season. In seven games of Gulf Coast League action, he posted solid numbers though. However, having to solely base my opinion on scouting reports my opinion was somewhat tempered.

Much to my surprise, the highly touted third base prospect was playing in a minor league game today against the Houston Astros. Finally I would get a chance to watch our “future third baseman”.

One game is an extremely small sample size of data. That being said, the fact that I failed to see him get a hit doesn’t really concern me. I was finally able to witness firsthand what many scouts describe as his “effortless swing”. For as easy as he swings the bat, the ball jumps off of the bat like a rocket. That coupled with his 6’4, 200 pound frame, should provide a solid amount of power for him in the future.

In the field only a few balls were hit his way today. Be that as it may, his footwork seemed better than advertised. He flashed that plus-arm that I had heard so much about. He was a treat to watch in the field and I am honestly excited to see what the next three or four years can do to improve his already impressive game.

Castellanos should begin his first full season of professional ball in Low-A West Michigan this season.

Keep an eye on Nick Castellanos as he continues to earn his stripes down on the farm.

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  • http://www.motorcitybengals.com Matt Snyder

    I’m excited at the prospect of seeing Castellanos in my backyard this spring and summer. I got hosed last year when Turner got promoted before I could see him play.

    My pet peeve though is when The Midwest League is referred to as “low-A”. It’s just regular “A”.

  • StephenGrosberg

    Great post. I liked his #’s at GCL, but I’m betting on Wade Gaynor, now that he’s gotten used to his wooden, as opposed to metal bat. If you take his more recent #’s, plus his fielding, the Tigers have 2 possibles for Inge. Castellanos may end up an OF. If I were the Tigers, I’d experiment with as many proven minor league hitters as possible as utility regulars, that is playing many different positions. Then Kelly wouldn’t be on the roster until he hit. In addition Worth/Rhymes could happen. If Gaynor and Castellanos hit in the first month, i’d consider Erie and Lakeland respectively. I understand Gaynor is a great fielder. By paying Castellanos, you know where the Tigers stand.

  • Scott Tameling

    I agree that the Tigers have two legitimate top 3rd base prospects in Castellanos and Gaynor. The numbers that Gaynor posted in West Michigan last year were very solid, especially when you consider that Fifth Third Ballpark is a pitchers park and the Midwest league is notoriously dificult for hitters to put up big numbers. Also, Gaynor improved considerably from his first year at Oneonta; hopefully that trend will continue. I can’t wait to see Castellanos play this year in West Michigan (hopefully!)

    • jayrc

      I have enjoyed watching Gaynor this last week. He doesn’t get a lotta love from the scouts but I am looking forward to watching him in Lakeland this season.