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Why He May Disappoint
The No. 1 prospect in the Detroit Tigers system by a decent margin, Nick Castellanos opens the season as the No. 25 prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America. Drafted as a third baseman, he was shifted to left field last year, but he now moves back to the hot corner with Miguel Cabrera shifting back to first base following the Prince Fielder trade.
Consistently one of the youngest players in the league throughout his time in the minors, the 21-year-old spent a full season in Triple-A last year and more than held his own. That said, his numbers were a far cry from the .405/.461/.553 line he put up over 215 at-bats at the High-A level in 2012.
The team doesn't have much in the way of options should he falter, and moving Cabrera back to third and Victor Martinez to first looks like the most likely backup plan.
Castellanos has all of the tools to be a perennial .300 hitter, but there will undoubtedly be some growing pains in 2014. Something like a .250/.310/.400 line with 12 home runs and 55 RBI may be his best-case scenario as a rookie.