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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: 3 | Owned/Started%: 32/16 | Average Draft Position: 242.75
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Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos belts fourth home run Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) After his four-RBI game on Wednesday, Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos had another big day against the Astros on Thursday. Castellanos went 1 for 4 with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead. It was his fourth bomb of the season.

The young third baseman is hitting the ball well lately, hitting safely in eight of his last 10 games. 


Tigers' Castellanos on go-ahead hit: 'I've been waiting for that all season'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters he started seeing a "noticeable difference" in Nick Castellanos approach at the plate during batting practice prior to Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. Castellanos backed that up with a pivotal bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning to lead his club to a 5-2 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak

"I've been waiting for that all season," Castellanos said, per MLive.com. "I needed it. The team needed it. The organization, the fans needed it. Everybody needed it. And I'm just blessed that I was able to deliver it."

Castellanos is hitting .278 (15 for 54) with a double, two triples, a home run and nine RBI over his last 14 games, raising his batting average from .216 to .240 on the season.

"Lately, I've been trying to get really mechanical, trying to have the perfect swing," Castellanos said. "You see the way J.D. (Martinez) swings and you see the way Miguel (Cabrera) swings and you see how good of hitters they are, obviously you want to hit like them, because it's no secret why they have success.

"But Newie and Wally made a good point. They said, 'Hey, they're great at what they do. You're great the way you do it. You don't have to try to adjust to the way they do to have success. You can have success the way you hit.' So that's what I did. All through coming up, I've always been kind of tall, free and easy, and I went back to that. To be honest, I felt pretty comfortable."


Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos snags four RBI in win on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2 for 4 in Detroit's 5-2 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Castellanos did his damage in the eighth inning when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Castellanos ripped a shot off of Jonathan Broxton down the right field line, scoring all three runners and landing him at third with a triple. Castellanos, who also picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice, is now hitting .240 with 17 RBI in 146 at-bats this season.


Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos launches third home run of the season


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos snapped a 16-game homerless drought, as he went 2 for 3 with a solo home run on Thursday. Castellanos' third home run of the season came in the bottom of the fifth inning, and essentially served as the knockout blow for Twins starter Mike Pelfrey.

The 23-year-old is now batting a disappointing .240 on the year with just 13 RBI after Thursday's performance. 


Tigers' Nick Castellanos drives in two runs Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 1 for 3 and drove in his team's only two runs in Detroit's 6-2 loss to Kansas City Saturday.

Castellanos put his team on the board with a second-inning sacrifice fly, but the Tigers were already behind 4-0 before the run scored. He was able to drive home another run with a sixth-inning triple but was stranded on base.

Castellanos has hit .222/.271/.361 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 108 at-bats.


Tigers' Rajai Davis out of the lineup Tuesday, Nick Castellanos back


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is out of the lineup again Tuesday against the Twins with a groin injury while Nick Castellanos returns to third base, the team announced. Davis missed Monday's game with the injury and will be replaced by Anthony Gose. He is hitting .341 with four RBI in 41 at-bats this season.

Castellanos got the day off Monday after playing eight straight at third. He is hitting .227 with two home runs in 66 at-bats this season. The Tigers are currently the favorites (-135) against the Twins.


Nick Castellanos homers for only Tigers run in Friday loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Nick Castellanos hit his second home run of the season and first since April 10 in the Tigers' loss Friday to Cleveland. 

Castellanos went 1 for 4 and was responsible for Detroit's only run of the night in a 13-1 loss. He improved his average to .259 and recorded his seventh RBI. 


Tigers' Castellanos in lineup, Avila misses second straight start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is back in the starting lineup after serving as a pinch-hitter Saturday, while catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup for a second straight day.

Castellanos managed an RBI single in his only at-bat Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games. He has hit .282/.341/.462 with one home run and four RBI in 39 at-bats.

Avila entered Saturday's blowout loss in the seventh inning to play three innings at first base, just his second career appearance at the position. He has hit .190/.414/.333 in 21 at-bats. James McCann, who is 2 for 15 after going hitless in four at-bats Saturday, is behind the plate for a second straight game.

The Tigers are favorites (-135) against the White Sox Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers will continue to pull Castellanos with lead late in games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus lifted third baseman Nick Castellanos for defensive purposes in the ninth inning in each of the team's three wins over the weekend against the Indians. Ausmus said this trend will continue to happen until Castellanos improves defensively.

"If we get to a point where I'm as confident in him as I am in (Andrew) Romine or (Hernan) Perez, then maybe we get to a point where Nick stays out there and I hope he does," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I'd rather not bring someone in for Nick.

"I want him to be the guy, but we also have to -- if we have a lead late in the game -- depending on the score, the closer the score, the more important keeping that team where they're at. I'm going to have to put what I think is our best defense out there."


Tigers' Nick Castellanos impresses with plate maturity


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2 for 4 with a home run in his team's 8-4 win over the Indians Friday, but it was his work drawing a walk after falling behind in the count that impressed manager Brad Ausmus, The Detroit News reports.

"The slider and change-up down are the pitches that gave him the most trouble last year against right-handers, and the change-up, too, against lefties," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He’s made a concerted effort to make sure he gets those pitches up, recognizes them as off-speed and make them be up in the zone where they can be hit."

Castellanos hit .158 and struck out 140 times after having two strikes against him in 2014, and he's changed his approach with two strikes while also working on plate discipline and pitch recognition.

"There is no secret formula for it," Castellanos said. "It just happens in time and with game repetition."

Castellanos is 3 for 14 with one home run, three walks and two strikeouts in his first four games.


Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos (hand) able to play Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos made it into the lineup for Wednesday's spring game against the Orioles after leaving Tuesday's game with a left hand contusion, per MLB.com. Castellanos underwent X-rays on Tuesday, which came back negative.

Tigers' Nick Castellanos departs with hand injury; X-rays negative


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was forced out of Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener with a left hand contusion, according to the team's official website. Castellanos underwent X-rays, which came back negative, and is listed as day to day moving forward.

Detroit will play Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday.


Avila, Gose among options to bat second for Tigers vs. RHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday he is "seriously considering" batting catcher Alex Avila second in the order against right-handed pitchers, per MLive.com. Anthony Gose appears to be the other main option, but Gose could also lead off, which would allow Ian Kinsler to bat second.

Ausmus added Jose Iglesias could also work into the mix, but he doesn't see Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Martinez or Nick Castellanos as options to bat second.


Tigers' Castellanos works to be 'more comfortable' at 3B in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos struggled in his first full year playing third base at the major-league level in 2014, so he is hard at work this offseason improving his defense

"Last year was [about] the actual ground-ball catching," Castellanos said, per MLB.com. "This year is a lot more [about] quickness, working on my range, lateral movement."

On top of committing 15 errors, Castellanos' Ultimate Zone Rating of negative-18.4 was nearly twice as bad as the next-lowest rating among third-base regulars. He also had a Defensive Runs Saved of minus-30 and a plus/minus rating of minus-39, which was lowest in the majors last year.

"I'm going to be more comfortable this year," Castellanos said. "Last year, I knew nobody [in terms of hitting tendencies]. Also I was getting used to the tempo of the game. It wasn't like I was in the big leagues for a while at another position and then had to go to third base. It was pretty much me making my first year in the big leagues at pretty much a new position, or trying to relearn an old position."


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.