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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%: 46/27 | Average Draft Position: 204.40
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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.


Nick Castellanos enjoying transition back to third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) When the Tigers moved Miguel Cabrera to first base following the trade of Prince Fielder to Texas, the team opted to move prospect Nick Castellanos back to third base after he was transitioning to the outfield in the minors. Though he put in a lot of hard work to learn a new position, Castellanos isn't complaining about his move back to the hot corner.

"[Manager] Brad Ausmus called me in early November and told me I'm going back to third base, so [first-base coach] Omar Vizquel has come down to work with me twice this year already," Castellanos told MLB.com. "The outfield was getting easier, just because of the reps I was getting out there. But, 100 percent, I would much rather play the infield than the outfield."

Castellanos said he's enjoying his time working with Vizquel, who was an 11-time Gold Glove winner in his MLB career.

"[Vizquel is] unbelievable," Castellanos said. "I still believe that, if he wanted to, at age 46, he could find a team. He still does exactly what he teaches. His hands are unbelievable -- and he gets to everything. Everything is so easy and fun to pick up. Working with him is a joy."


Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos to man infield corners


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told MLB.com that Miguel Cabrera will be moving from third base to replace Prince Fielder at first base. That move, according to Dombrowski, will open up third base for prospect Nick Castellanos.

Cabrera recently informed the club that he wanted to move to first base, filling the vacancy created by the offseason trade of Fielder to the Rangers. Castellanos came up through the Tigers' minor league system as a third baseman, but he began his conversion to the outfield in 2012. He did not play any games at third base this past season.


Nick Castellanos welcomes return to third


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) With Prince Fielder on his way to Texas, some of have speculated that reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera will move back to first base to allow prospect Nick Castellanos to play third base, his natural position.

"That's something we need to discuss," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit Free Press.

For what it's worth, Castellanos is more than willing to go back to third base after spending much of the last two years learning the outfield. He debuted as an outfielder in September, going 5 for 18 (.278).

"It would be awesome to go back to third," he said. "That's the position they originally drafted me, so of course I feel comfortable there. I don't mind playing left, either. Whatever they decide to do is out of my control."


Nick Castellanos getting first start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos is expected to make his first major league start Saturday against the Royals, MLB.com reports.

Castellanos has gone 0 for 2 as a pinch-hitter since making his major league debut for Detroit.

Nick Castellanos makes MLB debut


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Tigers top prospect Nick Castellanos made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter Sunday in a 4-0 loss to Cleveland. Castellanos pinch-hit in the seventh inning and flied out for Don Kelly. 

The rookie remained in the game to play left field. He finished 0 for 2 in his debut in the big leagues. He looked at just three pitches. 


Tigers promote highly touted prospect Nick Castellanos


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Tigers announced Sunday they purchased the contract of outfield prospect Nick Castellanos from Triple-A Toledo.

Castellanos, who is rated the 21st-best prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com, hit .276 with a .343 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage and .793 OPS in 134 games for Toledo. He had 18 home runs, 37 doubles, 76 RBI and 81 runs.


Nick Castellanos unsure if he'll be promoted in September


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Tigers outfield prospect Nick Castellanos said he isn't sure if he will be joining the Detroit lineup when rosters expand in September, per MLB.com.

"The way I’m looking at it right now is I’ll be home with my son in 14 days," Castellanos said, "and if anything else changes, that’s definitely for the best. I mean, the reality is they’re seven games above [Cleveland in the division race], (Andy) Dirks is starting to get hot, (Matt) Tuiasosopo has been consistent all year, and they’re winning. The way sometimes this game works, if they don’t need me, why are they going to bring me up? If they don’t need to start my clock [on service time], if they don’t need to do anything?"