Mark Hulet of Fangraphs, who I tend to disagree with quite a bit on his rankings put out on Monday his top 100 prospects list. To no surprise, the two Tigers that made his, and most lists, were Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos.
Jacob Turner, the right handed pitcher recently shut down with shoulder stiffness, was ranked 18th on the list. While I personally believe that is slightly high, I don’t think it is too far off from what a lot of other people have Turner at. It’s the Castellanos ranking that shocked the heck out of me.
Hulet went a little crazier on Castellanos than pretty much anyone I have seen thus far and ranked him at #31. I certainly can’t express this another writer having a bias against Detroit on this one. Since I do rankings myself, I tend to stay away from being too critical about peoples opinions on these things. After all, we all take in the information we have and use it to how we see fit. Certainly not an exact science, but a fun thing for baseball geeks to follow. I happen to disagree with my fellow geek on this one.
Castellanos being ranked that highly doesn’t make a ton of sense, especially when you consider the position he plays, the flaws with his game and his projection. I have no doubt he can be a good hitter, but he did benefit last season from a tremendous BABIP last season, and his strikeout issues. Given he got ranked above guys like Yasmani Grandal and Travis d’Arnaud who play premium positions, and Christian Yelich who had a superior season at the same level, I am not sure I understand this one.
Regardless of whether or not Castellanos should be that high, he is a quality prospect, and it is nice to see members of the baseball world who think highly of him. It’s not just us at MCB.
If you want to check out the whole list, you can use this link.
He also did an organizational ranking of prospects, and he has the Tigers at #24. Couldn’t agree more Mr. Hulet. I had them at the very same place 2 months ago.