Detroit Tigers: Rookies Progress Report

DETROIT, MI - JULY 14: Casey Mize #74 of the Detroit Tigers looks on and smiles during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 14, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 14: Casey Mize #74 of the Detroit Tigers looks on and smiles during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 14, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MARCH 09: Willi Castro #49 of the Detroit Tigers in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 9, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Astros defeated the Tigers 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Willi Castro

(ranks out of 47 rookies)

Grade: B

Analysis: Willi Castro isn’t as highly regarded as Isaac Paredes, but he is still generally considered one of Detroit’s top 15 prospects. After a great first game in which he went 3-for-4 with a homer, Castro hit the skids for about a week, and at one point he struck out in 8 consecutive plate appearances. He has seemingly turned things back around, though, and in his last 9 games he’s hitting .382. His defense has been an adventure, with at least three egregious throws, and his miniscule walk rate and sky-high BABIP suggest he’s due for a pretty severe regression. Still, what’s done is done, and he’s been very helpful.