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Tigers Promote Nick Castellanos to Erie

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The news is exciting because the tigers now have another top prospect in the high minors. It's an indication that his development is going well, and it provides an opportunity to see how he does at the next level. Sure, the promotion in itself doesn't tell us much more than what we could already see from his Lakeland numbers. But it's a good thing that his performance forced the move, rather than just the lock step promotion that often happens due to age and a desire to move him through the system. This isn't an iorg situation where they just had to do it.

Being promoted to Erie means he is one step closer. It means he could conceivably move to Toledo before the year is out. It serves as confirmation that he isn't a bust. There is a lot to like about this news.

I'm not sure why there are some that are trying to downplay the significance of the promotion.

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One thing about a potential switch to the outfield if it happens:

These players are likely out shagging bp fly balls throughout their careers. It won't take much to transition to playing out there. The key is whether he is athletic enough to be able cover enough ground out there. That will determine whether he plays in left or right, as well as how good his arm is.

If his development this year is enough to make him a possibility for opening day next year, he can learn the new position in the fall league.

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I think Castellanos is exciting because the Tigers rarely have a position prospect of his caliber. He still could turn out to be a bust though which is why I'm not worried how he fits into the Tigers' future. If he is good enough where you have to fit him in somewhere, then that is a good problem to have. I'm taking it one step at a time and Double-A is an interesting step.

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I don't care what wheat says, I think there is a non zero chance that we see castellanos in the bigs this year. He wouldn't be the first 20 year old to move quickly. He was destroying the ball in Lakeland. He could similarly destroy the ball in Erie and force the issue.

It's just really rare to move from A+ to the majors in a season as a hitter, especially a 20 year old one. Guys like Trout, Harper, Heyward, Castro, all started their seasons in AA when they made the majors at a young age.

I agree, he could force the issue, but I just don't see a need to bring him up unless he has another 1.000 OPS in 250 PA in Erie, and even then, I'd still think about it.

The difference between A+ and AA is really large. The difference between AA and the majors is astronomical. If he struggles, people are inevitably call him a bust already. He'll be the second youngest player in the Eastern league to Manny Machado. After the season, there could be only 2 20 year olds in the whole league.

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It's just really rare to move from A+ to the majors in a season as a hitter, especially a 20 year old one. Guys like Trout, Harper, Heyward, Castro, all started their seasons in AA when they made the majors at a young age.

I agree, he could force the issue, but I just don't see a need to bring him up unless he has another 1.000 OPS in 250 PA in Erie, and even then, I'd still think about it.

The difference between A+ and AA is really large. The difference between AA and the majors is astronomical. If he struggles, people are inevitably call him a bust already. He'll be the second youngest player in the Eastern league to Manny Machado. After the season, there could be only 2 20 year olds in the whole league.

I'm not saying they will call him up to stay, but before Victor comes back later in the season during the hot weather months, I think they are going to call him up for a few games and let him DH - just to get a look at his composure and a few other things

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I'm not being a downer. I am just not that excited about this as it appears others are. I don't see the immediate benefit. If he can hit and play the OF then I'm excited. But I've been told and read that the OF isn't a good option. I have never seen him play so all I can do is go by the 'experts'.

My opinion is closer to Oblong's than to others. I was called a bad guy a few weeks ago for noting these things as well. The thing is, once a player reaches AA, he's kind of close. Yes, there's a vast gap between AA and the MLB, but AA is where faux prospects go to die. If he's for real, he will be showing it pretty soon (even if "pretty soon" means next year, though it could conceivably mean "This year"). That there is presently no room for Castellanos as a 3B is not really an opinion, it's a fact unless Prince Fielder is willing to move off of his position in the first 1/3 of his massive contract. I keep reading/being told that I'm the silly one for trying to project too far out into the future, but this view assumes that the future is several years down the line. This dude is at Double A right now. The standard reply to worries about him not fitting in is "Well he can fit in fine in the outfield". That's a fair point, except he's not playing outfield right now and he's already at AA. Almost all the talk about him playing outfield has from my reading come from people who are just excited about him as a prospect in general and assume that is what will happen because it makes sense in their heads, but I've yet to read a scouting report or organizational indicator that it is in the cards to happen or even practical to attempt.

I'm glad he's doing well because you never know what will happen but whatever it is always works out better when you have talent and this guy is certainly talented, but compared to other prospects of years past, the composition of the big league team has made my excitement for this prospect lesser in intensity than it has been for some others --- Even others who didn't look as good as Castellanos looks right now.

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I'm not saying they will call him up to stay, but before Victor comes back later in the season during the hot weather months, I think they are going to call him up for a few games and let him DH - just to get a look at his composure and a few other things

Just my opinion, no factual basis, but I don't think there's a snowballs chance in hell this happens.

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O..That will determine whether he plays in left or right, as well as how good his arm is.

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Well you'd like to believe the Tigers are not dumb enough to put a guy at third with an arm that isn't good enough to play RF, but who knows...

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Kyle Sleeth burned out? I thought his arm fell off..... I'm excited to see us have a positional prospect doing so well. I'd prefer to see him stay at Erie for the rest of the year...but if he hits well...why not give him a Sept call up?

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My opinion is closer to Oblong's than to others. I was called a bad guy a few weeks ago for noting these things as well. The thing is, once a player reaches AA, he's kind of close. Yes, there's a vast gap between AA and the MLB, but AA is where faux prospects go to die. If he's for real, he will be showing it pretty soon (even if "pretty soon" means next year, though it could conceivably mean "This year"). That there is presently no room for Castellanos as a 3B is not really an opinion, it's a fact unless Prince Fielder is willing to move off of his position in the first 1/3 of his massive contract. I keep reading/being told that I'm the silly one for trying to project too far out into the future, but this view assumes that the future is several years down the line. This dude is at Double A right now. The standard reply to worries about him not fitting in is "Well he can fit in fine in the outfield". That's a fair point, except he's not playing outfield right now and he's already at AA. Almost all the talk about him playing outfield has from my reading come from people who are just excited about him as a prospect in general and assume that is what will happen because it makes sense in their heads, but I've yet to read a scouting report or organizational indicator that it is in the cards to happen or even practical to attempt.

I'm glad he's doing well because you never know what will happen but whatever it is always works out better when you have talent and this guy is certainly talented, but compared to other prospects of years past, the composition of the big league team has made my excitement for this prospect lesser in intensity than it has been for some others --- Even others who didn't look as good as Castellanos looks right now.

I'm very excited about Castellanos and have been for a while, but I've never expected him to make an impact on the big league club before the end of 2013. He is an awesome hitter but that power needs to develop yet before you start thinking about his impact being worth it to call him up.

As far as defense, everything I've read has been from the perspective of "Can he play 3rd?" If he can't, then LF or RF has always been an afterthought, largely because it's assumed that it's an easier position than 3rd and he shouldn't have a problem adjusting with some time in the minors. Since I doubt there's any serious inclination to call him up this year, they're going to let him keep learning 3rd as it's harder to find a hitting 3B than OF and it maximizes his value.

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Well you'd like to believe the Tigers are not dumb enough to put a guy at third with an arm that isn't good enough to play RF, but who knows...

The Tigers would never play anyone at a position for which he was not suited.

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Castellanos goes 2 for 3 with a double and RBI, 0 BB, 0 K.

So far, so good.

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It's a real shame he doesn't play 2nd. How perfect would that be for next year...

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The Tigers would never play anyone at a position for which he was not suited.

QFT baby. You don't play defense for the Tigers without a plus glove for the position.

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I think they are going to call him up for a few games and let him DH - just to get a look at his composure and a few other things

I hope you don't really believe this.

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David Chadd in the Tv booth wjhen asked if Nick could be an OF.... possibly.

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2 for 5 tonight for Nick. 4 for 8 so far with a double.

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I think Castellanos is exciting because the Tigers rarely have a position prospect of his caliber. He still could turn out to be a bust though which is why I'm not worried how he fits into the Tigers' future. If he is good enough where you have to fit him in somewhere, then that is a good problem to have. I'm taking it one step at a time and Double-A is an interesting step.

This is what I think. We haven't had a positional prospect like this since Granderson. I don't even know if Granderson was this good. The guys we did call up who did well were more of a surprise at the MLB level (Boesch, Avila, Dirks this year, etc.). Castellanos has been elite for a while now. Plus there's the factor that it's easier to project hitting prospects. Last year, his K:BB ratio worried me, but he has significantly improved it this year. I have little doubt that his power will develop as well, with his big frame.

Anything can happen, of course, but his game seems balanced enough for a 20-year-old.

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