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Nick Castellanos | Third Baseman | #9

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/4/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Castellanos hit one of three home runs for the Tigers in a seven-run inning in Tuesday's comeback win over the Marlins.
The Tigers entered the bottom of the fifth down 3-0 and were getting dominated by Adam Conley, but Conley suddenly then fell apart. Castellanos followed dingers by Jose Iglesias and Miguel Cabrera with a homer of his own, completing the seven-run frame. The third baseman struggled in the first half of June but is batting .333 over his last 11 games. Jun 28 - 11:03 PM

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Nick Castellanos hit his 13th home run of the season in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

Castellanos continues to careen toward career highs in basically every offensive category, as he's now just two homers shy of the single-season high of 15 he set last year. The third baseman is batting .296/.329/.529 with 39 RBI and 32 runs scored to go with his 13 homers. Still just 24 years old, Castellanos appears to be cashing in on the promise that made him a highly touted prospect a few years ago.
Jun 17 - 1:05 AM

Nick Castellanos hit his 10th homer of the year as part of a 2-for-4 game against the A's on Friday.

Castellanos is already two-thirds of the way to his 2015 home run total in barely thirty percent as many plate appearances. As poor as his plate discipline in, it's still hard to see him maintaining this kind of production all year. He's been stellar so far, though.
May 28 - 1:00 AM

Nick Castellanos is out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

It's a planned day off for Castellanos, who is among the hottest hitters in baseball. Miguel Cabrera is at third base and Victor Martinez is at first base Wednesday against Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer.
May 11 - 3:25 PM

Nick Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Monday against the Nationals.

Another day, another multi-hit game for Castellanos. He now has 12 of them this season, including eight in his last 11 games. He’s sporting a BABIP (batting average on balls in play) north of .450 and still shows shaky plate discipline, so he won’t continue at this pace, but he’s hitting the ball very hard right now. The power that he showed during the second half last season appears to be for real.
May 9 - 10:42 PM

Nick Castellanos was the only Tigers' hitter with multiple hits in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

It was an uninspiring night at the plate for the entire Tigers' ballclub, as Corey Kluber carved them up in a five-hit shutout. Still, Castellanos continued his hot start to the season with a couple base hits. He now boasts a .378/.385/.589 slash line in 96 plate appearances.
May 4 - 8:57 PM

Nick Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and four total RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Twins.

The Twins actually held a 5-2 lead entering the sixth inning (such things do occur on occasion), at which point Castellanos cracked a three-run home run off starter Ricky Nolasco to tie the game at 5-5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would provide the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning as the Tigers improved to 14-10. For his part, Castellanos is hitting a cool .361/.371/.590 with four homers, 18 RBI and five doubles over 83 at-bats. He has accumulated eight hits over his last four games, with homers in two of his last three.
May 1 - 6:09 PM

Nick Castellanos is out of Tuesday's lineup versus the Royals.

He'll get a day off against right-hander Yordano Ventura. Mike Aviles will start at third base and bat seventh.
Apr 19 - 3:35 PM

Nick Castellanos continued his torrid month of April, pounding out three hits and driving in a run during Saturday's win over the Astros.

Castellanos is now hitting .368/.359/.605 with eight RBI and seven runs scored. Too many warning signs exist, though. He hasn't walked a single time this year and still strikes out too often (28.2% strikeout rate). His plate discipline isn't good enough to ensure that he'll only swing at good pitches, so his .462 BABIP will assuredly plummet over the coming weeks. The 24-year-old benefits from a strong Tigers' lineup, though. That seems like the glass-half-full viewpoint.
Apr 16 - 11:04 PM

Nick Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and four RBI against the Pirates on Thursday.

A breakthrough season for Castellanos would provide an already strong Detroit lineup with a big lift, but there still isn't a whole lot of reason to expect it's on the way. Prior to the excellent game today, he was hitting .269/.259/.423 with nine strikeouts and no walks in 26 at-bats. He is in a great RBI situation, so he has a little mixed-league value anyway.
Apr 14 - 4:33 PM

Nick Castellanos is back in the Tigers' starting lineup Monday against the Pirates.

Castellanos was held out of the Tigers' lineup on Saturday and nobody played in Sunday's rainout. The third baseman is off to a nice start this season, batting .385 (5-for-13) with two RBI in four games.
Apr 11 - 9:47 AM

Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Yankees.

It's nothing more than a regular day of rest for the 24-year-old third baseman who is off to a terrific start to his 2016 season, hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a pair of RBI. Mike Aviles will draw the start in his place and will hit eighth against opposing southpaw C.C. Sabathia.
Apr 9 - 9:45 AM

Nick Castellanos hit his second spring homer Friday against the Rays.

Casellanos didn't take much of a step forward in his second full season last year, and he hasn't showed a whole lot in hitting .271 with modest power this spring. He has pretty good pop and he's improved some defensively since he's entered the league, but his poor approach at the plate still leaves him striking out too much and reaching base too little. On the plus side, he just turned 24 in March. It's possible he'll improve enough to be a fringe contributor in mixed leagues this year. It just doesn't seem like the big breakout is on the way.
Apr 1 - 4:24 PM

Nick Castellanos (back) will sit out again on Wednesday.

It will be a second day of rest after Castellanos had to exit Monday's game with lower back tightness. He's considered day-to-day and should be back in there before the end of the week.
Mar 8 - 5:44 PM

Nick Castellanos exited Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets due to tightness in his lower back.

The issue has lingered over the past couple of days, so the Tigers didn't want to take any chances. "He said it started tightening a little more, so we took him out," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "We'd rather he didn't have it, but if it was serious he wouldn't have even started the game." Castellanos is also expected to sit out Tuesday, but the hope is that he should be good to go after that.
Mar 7 - 8:21 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Warwick Saupold
8Anibal Sanchez
9Kyle Ryan
10Bruce Rondon
11Dustin Molleken