Nick Castellanos: Detroit Tigers Prospect Has Breakout Game at Double-A Erie

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIJune 20, 2012

Ryan M.L. Young (The Grand Rapids Press)
Ryan M.L. Young (The Grand Rapids Press)

The hits keep coming in droves for Nick Castellanos.

The third base prospect for the Detroit Tigers fell one hit shy of batting for the cycle Wednesday, in the Erie SeaWolves 7-4 victory over the Bowie Baysox.

Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run in a breakout game at Double-A.

The 20-year-old also earned three RBI, while raising his batting average to .273.

This 6’4”, 210 lbs power-hitting Florida native is highly considered to be the future face of the Tigers.

Drafted 44th overall by Detroit in the 2010 MLB Draft, Castellanos is making life very difficult for Dave Dombrowski and company.

Originally intended to be a slow and steady development project, Castellanos has torn the cover off the baseball this season.

While Castellanos had struggled in his first few Double-A games, Wednesday’s onslaught may be a great sign of things to come for this 2012 Florida State League mid-season All-Star.

One of the most impressive characteristics about Castellanos is his consistency at the plate since signing with Detroit.

Prior to his promotion, Castellanos hit .405 (87-for-215) with three home runs and 32 RBI for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He also whacked 17 doubles and three triples, all the while significantly cutting down on strikeouts (42).  

Photo Courtesy: Detroit Free Press
Photo Courtesy: Detroit Free Press

Castellanos’ OBP/SLG/OPS was .461/.553/1.014.

During his first full pro season in 2011, Castellanos batted .312 with seven home runs, 76 RBI and 36 doubles for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Castellanos’ 158 hits led all of Class-A Midwest League.

While it is too early to tell if Castellanos’ excellent performance Wednesday was a breakout or a one-hit wonder, this young man has nonetheless sparked excitement in Detroit.

If Castellanos keeps hitting the way he has this season, he may very well be knocking on Comerica Park’s door much earlier than many imagined.


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