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9 Nick Castellanos 3B
Height/Weight: 6-4/210 | Birthdate: 3/4/1992 | Birthplace: Davie, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 52/38 | Average Draft Position: 203.73
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Tigers' Castellanos spending offseason improving his defense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is focusing on improving his quickness during offseason workouts in order to improve defensively, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

Castellanos committed 15 errors and had a .950 fielding percentage in 145 games at third base in 2014.

"His hands are solid and his arm is solid," Dombrowski said, per MLive.com. "He normally catches what he gets to, but we're looking to increase his quickness over there.

"There's no question, from a defensive perspective, that he needs to improve. But when I say that, we try to give him the benefit of the doubt. He hadn't played third base in a while."

Dombrowski also has confidence in Castellanos' offensive abilities after he hit just .259 with 11 home runs as a rookie.

"We think he has a chance to be a good offensive player," Dombrowski said. "He had a good solid year last year, and we think he's going to continue to get better. When you look at his numbers for a rookie, and in a pennant race, his offensive numbers were pretty good."


Nick Castellanos back in lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

The third baseman was a late scratch Tuesday due to soreness in his left foot, but the issue appears to have been minor. Castellanos has hit .266/.313/.405 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 496 at-bats.


Nick Castellanos scratched from lineup with foot issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from Tuesday's starting lineup due to left foot soreness, the team announced.

Castellanos fouled a ball off his left foot in Monday's game, and the team has decided to let him rest the injured foot Tuesday rather than risk further injury. The third baseman has hit .266/.313/.405 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 496 at-bats.


Hitters to sit in Week 23


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/31/2014) If you own Stephen Vogt, Mark Trumbo, Arismendy Alcantara, Nick Castellanos, Elvis Andrus or Khris Davis in Fantasy, you may want to think twice about starting him in Fantasy Week 23 (Sept. 1-7).

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to sit in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Thinking about starting Stephen Vogt, Lucas Duda, Aaron Hill, Nick Castellanos, J.J. Hardy or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Nick Castellanos goes deep in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Tigers infielder Nick Castellanos put together a solid performance Wednesday, in an 8-4 win over the Pirates.

Castellanos went 2 for 4 with two extra-bas hits, including an RBI triple in the second inning and a solo homer in the sixth. He scored once to go with his two RBI in the game.

Castellanos has put up a solid rookie season, hitting .262/.312/.419 with nine home runs and 46 RBI in 370 at-bats. 


Nick Castellanos knocks key ninth-inning home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 1 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays Friday.

The Tigers entered the ninth inning down 4-2, but Castellanos delivered a home run to left field to tie the game before the next batter gave the Tigers a lead with another home run. Castellanos has hit .255/.307/.401 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 357 at-bats.


Nick Castellanos slugs seventh home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2 for 4 with a home run and a career-high four RBI in his team's 7-2 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Castellanos put an exclamation point on a six-run first inning by swatting a three-run home run. He added a fourth RBI on a single in the seventh inning. Castellanos has hit .267/.312/.409 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 330 at-bats.


Nick Castellanos returns from finger issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, after sitting out Tuesday's game with a bruised right index finger. He is batting seventh and starting at third base for the game Wednesday. 

Nick Castellanos scratched with bruised finger


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to a bruised right index finger, the team announced.

Castellanos, who is day-to-day with the injury, was replaced by J.D. Martinez in the lineup. Miguel Cabrera will move across the diamond and play third base for the eighth time this season.


Nick Castellanos destined to sit twice against Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos will be riding the pine for two of three games of the upcoming series in Arizona, according to MLive.com.

His benching would not be performance-related. He would be forced out by Miguel Cabrera, who would move to third with Victor Martinez switching from designated hitter to first base.


Hitters to sit in Week 15


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/6/2014) Thinking about starting Derek Norris, Steve Pearce, Josh Harrison, Nick Castellanos, Jed Lowrie or Austin Jackson in Fantasy Week 15 (July 7-13)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Nick Castellanos goes 3 for 4 again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Tigers infielder Nick Castellanos has been on fire in recent days, as he strung together his third three-hit game in a row in an 8-6 win over the Red Sox Saturday.  

Castellanos went 3 for 4 in the game and contributed his first home run in nearly a month with his solo shot in the third inning. He drove and scored just one run in the game.

Castellanos is 9 for 12 over the last three games, raising his season batting line to .271/.315/.409. He has five home runs and 21 RBI in 51 games. 


Slider giving Nick Castellanos some trouble


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) After an impressive spring training, Tigers rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos hasn't exactly put up big offensive numbers through the first two months. He comes into Monday's game batting just .236 with 37 strikeouts in 40 games.

"I don’t think anybody thought he was going to come up and be Mike Trout," manager Brad Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. "He’s gotta learn the league. The league’s going to learn him. He’s going to make adjustments. They’re going to adjust to him. ... They go through growing pains, but he still gives good at-bats. If he hits that line drive with the bases loaded yesterday that’s five feet one way or the other it’s two RBI. And the truth is we don’t know what type of player he is."

Ausmus said the rookie is having plenty of difficulty catching up to the slider.

"The slider down, middle away, us giving him a little trouble," Ausmus said. "We talked about him having to make adjustments ... get that pitch up or lay off it or a combination of the two."


Hitters to start in Week 6


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 6 (May 5-11)? Carlos Ruiz, Victor Martinez, Howie Kendrick, Nick Castellanos, Erick Aybar and Dayan Viciedo might just fit the bill.

I explain what makes them so attractive this week and put their startability into context in Start and Sit Hitters for Week 6. Be sure to check it out.


Don Kelly in, Nick Castellanos out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) A desire to get another left-handed bat into the lineup for the Tigers against Kansas City ace right-hander James Shields has motivated the benching of third baseman Nick Castellanos on Friday in favor of Don Kelly.

Kelly hasn't started a game or had an at-bat since April 23. He has six hits in 19 at-bats on the season.


Nick Castellanos clubs third home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos clubbed his third home run Friday against the Twins.

Castellanos wasted no time, striking in his first at-bat. With one man on, Castellanos took an 89 mph fastball from Kevin Correia out to right in the second inning. He would hit an RBI single the following inning. 

Castellanos finished the game 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. He raised his batting average to .274 with the performance.


Nick Castellanos out, Don Kelly in Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos will sit Friday against Indians tough sidearming right-hander Justin Masterson. He has been replaced in the lineup by little-used left-handed batter Don Kelly, who has just 12 at-bats this season and will bat sixth against Cleveland.

Castellanos has been in a mini-slump with just one hit in his last 12 at-bats.


Nick Castellanos hitting well early


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos has played just once this week during his team's West Coast swing against NL teams, going 1 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Dodgers.

Castellanos played every inning at third base in four of the team's first five games, but he's been used sparingly in NL parks as Miguel Cabrera has seen time at third base. Still, the impressive rookie is hitting .353/.450/.588 in 17 at-bats.


Nick Castellanos gets a breather Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos will sit Saturday against the Orioles. 

Castellanos will be replaced by Don Kelly at third base. Castellanos has performed well to start the season, and is likely just receiving a normal day of rest. He should return Sunday.


Tigers unveil opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his opening day lineup for Monday's game against the Royals. Second baseman Ian Kinsler will hit leadoff and be followed by right fielder Torii Hunter, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, center fielder Austin Jackson, catcher Alex Avila, third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Alex Gonzalez and left field Rajai Davis.

Jackson has primarily hit leadoff in his career, but after the spring he put together, Ausmus made the decision to hit him in the heart of the order. Jackson hit .429 (24 for 56) with two triples, two home runs, five doubles, 14 RBI and 17 runs in 18 spring games.

"The way Austin Jackson hit this spring, he was the best option to bat fifth," Ausmus said.


Nick Castellanos continues monster spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Two days after having his second four-RBI game of the spring, Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos added two more RBI Wednesday against the Yankees to extend his Grapefruit League-leading RBI total to 13. 

Castellanos doubled twice Wednesday, which was also the second time this spring he had two doubles in a game. Castellanos is batting .400 (12 for 30) with a .733 slugging percentage, 1.158 OPS, two home runs, four doubles, six runs and 13 RBI in 10 games. He also has two stolen bases and two walks.


Nick Castellanos doubles twice, drives in four Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos delivered his best Miguel Cabrera impersonation Friday, going 2 for 3 with two doubles and four RBI in his team's 10-6 loss to the Phillies.

Castellanos delivered a bases-clearing double in the first inning for his first three RBI then collected his fourth during a three-run sixth inning. However, it wasn't all high marks for the presumed starter at third base, as he committed a fielding error in the loss. Friday's big day at the plate puts him on track to be named an opening-day starter.


Nick Castellanos has to earn a starting job


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos has to earn his job this spring, according to the Detroit News.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated Castellanos would have to perform well if he wanted to be the team's starter heading into the season. The team doesn't have much depth to push Castellanos, so it's unclear if they would actually break camp without him if he performs poorly, or if Dombrowski was trying to light a fire under the young player. Dombrowski did slightly backtrack, saying "We’re expecting him to be our third baseman. I’d be very surprised if he’s not. But he still has to perform well."


Nick Castellanos glad to be back at third


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is glad to be back at third base, according to MLB Network Radio.

Castellanos was drafted as a third baseman, but moved to the outfield so he could shoot through the system more quickly. With Miguel Cabrera moving back to first, Castellanos is slated to take the third base job this season. Castellanos is pretty happy to be back at his former position. "I feel so much more comfortable back in the infield than I was in the outfield," he said. Castellanos will head into the camp as the favorite to start at third, but will have to hit well enough to win the job.