Detroit Tigers prospect clobbering way through minors

By Steve Neavling

Nick Castellanos, the Detroit Tigers’ potential third baseman of the future, is flying through the minors and today was named the 12th best prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America.

But struggling starter Jacob Turner dropped out of the top 50, after entering the season ranked #22.

Castellanos, a 20-year-old phenom, reached Ted Williams-like numbers in Class A this year, hitting .405 and showing flashes of power before graduating to Class AA last month. Despite his young age, he’s holding his own there, batting .292 in 25 games.

“Probably won’t ever be a plus defender at third, but he’s such a pure hitter that no one will care,” Baseball America writes.

Complicating Castellanos’ rise to the majors, however, is Cabrera, who is signed with the Tigers through 2015.

Does that mean Castellanos becomes trade bait? Or does Cabrera get traded before his expensive, well-earned contract expires?

Castellanos has drawn comparisons to a younger, leaner Cabrera.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • Gerry Mantel

    I look forward to the day when the Tigers (as well as other MLB teams) can establish a real “team culture” or “franchise identity” by grooming players up through their farm system.

    That’s exactly what they did during the 60s, culminating in the wonderful World Series win over big Bob Gibson and the powerful Cardinals, just a year or so after the ’67 riots.

    Kinky Friedman for one has called that one “the greatest World Series ever,” and IMHO he is absolutely correct.

    And that team will remembered in Detroit long after the last building has burned :).