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.