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Tigers send top prospect Nick Castellanos to Triple-A

Mar 19, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Austin Jackson, Nick Castellanos AP

Nick Castellanos had a good spring, but the 21-year-old top prospect never really had a chance of making the Tigers and yesterday they assigned him to Triple-A.

Castellanos has ranked among Baseball America‘s top-100 prospects for three straight seasons, rating No. 21 overall this year, and while there wasn’t a place for him on the Opening Day roster Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that “he shouldn’t be [at Triple-A] for long.”

Castellanos has shifted from third base to the outfield and specifically now left field, and while very promising he’s played just 79 games above Single-A and zero games at Triple-A. And last season he struggled at Double-A, hitting .264 with a .678 OPS and 76/14 K/BB ratio. He was 20 years old, so that’s hardly an indictment of his long-term potential, but if the Tigers think Castellanos is ready to make a big-league impact in the second half that would be plenty fast.

  1. darthicarus - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    But Andy Dirks!!!!! Oh wait never mind. I think more time in the minors is needed, this isn’t a case of the guying destroying minors pitchers and the team holding him back. No need to rush if the team can manage without him.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    They also sent “Look Out” Below to the minors.

  3. historiophiliac - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Thank you, Aaron, for our daily dose of Tigers awesomeness. <3

  4. timmmah10 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I expect the late season call up for this kid. Kind of like they did with Avisial Garcia in the playoffs last year. These Tigers are quite loaded. They have backup players that are comparable at every position except Miggy, they have good young pitching competing for the 5th rotation spot, they have a handful of young relievers that have promise, they have arguably the best SP in the league the past 3 seasons, and they have 3 other starters that would be top 2-3 rotation guys for most other clubs.

    They are sending players like Tuisosopo, Castellanos, and Garcia to AAA? Might need to get me some Toledo Mudhen tickets.

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