The Detroit Tigers' prospect Nick Castellanos has gotten off to a great start in spring training. He is seeing the ball extremely well and looks like he is the real deal as a prospect.
Castellanos, who is currently hitting .375 in 20 plate appearances, has been solid defensively in the outfield. In making the transition from third base, he has been playing left field in spring training after learning to play right field last season.
It appears that the path to the Tigers for Castellanos is in the outfield, due to Miguel Cabrera being entrenched at third base. The more positions Castellanos can play, the better—especially since current left fielder Andy Dirks isn't the type of star player that Castellanos can become. That's not a knock on Dirks, as he looks like he can be a full-time starter. It's more indicative of Castellanos' talent.
Publicly, the Tigers aren't saying Castellanos could make the Tigers out of spring training. However, they aren't saying he won't either. Here are three ways that Castellanos can force his way onto the Tigers as an outfielder.