For those of you who don’t subscribe or even follow Baseball America, every week on Friday, they do a segment called the “Hot Sheet”. Essentially, what it is, besides being subscriber material, otherwise I would link it, is a list of the prospects who in the prior week just either tore the cover off the ball, or dominated hitters from the mound. I mention this because it’s not often many Tigers prospects make the list, and this week two were mentioned after one was the prior week in Lakeland OF Avisail Garcia.
The Tigers 2nd highest rated prospect, according to Baseball America themselves, Nick Castellanos, topped the “Hot Sheet” list this past week. For those of you who don’t have the time, or just plain wait for us to tell you, Castellanos leads all of minor league baseball in batting average so far this season. Castellanos, who along with Garcia, are the top two hitters in the Florida State League, posting batting averages of .423 and .350 respectively. Obviously, when a guy is hitting for an average like that, he is helped along by a tremendous BABIP, and one would suspect that would go down, but this is the second year in a row that Castellanos is showing a high BABIP.
While the home run power for Castellanos has yet to come, most suspect that it will. Castellanos only has 2 home runs on the season, but already has 9 doubles this year. He was a doubles machine last year, and as his sizable frame continues to fill out, I suspect we will see some of those doubles turn into homers.
The second Tigers farmhand to see a mention in Baseball America this week was West Michigan OF Steven Moya. While he wasn’t a part of the “Hot Sheet”, due to Moya being on the shelf with a hamstring issue, Moya did make the “Helium Watch” portion of the weekly segment. The “Helium Watch” is a spot reserved for one player that Baseball America believes is on the rise, and worth watching. I mentioned that Moya was a guy on the rise earlier this month, and now his work is being recognized nationally. Let’s hope he continue his torrid pace when he gets off the D.L. and doesn’t lose momentum.
So far on the season Moya is hitting .377, which is leading the Midwest League.