#MLBPlayers411 | Nick Castellanos
For Nick Castellanos (pronounced: \Ca-ste-YAH-no\), the 2017 season has brought a surge in power and perhaps a new position.
The 25-year old native of Davie, Fla., has primarily been used at third base in his brief career, but recently he has begun playing in right field, as well, with J.D. Martinez's trade to the Diamondbacks and the Tigers' interest in giving prospect Jeimer Candelario an opportunity to show his skills
Castellanos got his own opportunity at third base in 2014 when Prince Fielder was traded to Texas and Miguel Cabrera moved to first base.
“I told them I will do anything to help the team,” Castellanos told The Detroit News.
Castellanos has seen an uptick in power this season, slugging a career-high 22 home runs. Overall, he is batting .265 with 87 RBIs and touting a .310 batting average on balls in play. In his first game playing right field on Sept. 8, Castellanos smacked a grand slam.
He currently owns an 11-game hitting streak, hitting .439 (18-for-41) with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
“I think, in a relatively short amount of time, he could be one of the better offensive players in the game,” manager Brad Ausmus said.
He leads the American League with 10 triples, and is the first third baseman to hit at least 10 triples in a season since Tampa Bay's Akinori Iwamura in 2007.
Castellanos was drafted by the Tigers in the first round of the 2010 draft and decided to play professionally rather than at the University of Miami. He was named the No. 2 prospect in the Tigers' system by Baseball America in 2011, while being honored as Detroit's Minor League Player of the Year. In 410 minor-league games, Castellanos hit .303 with 35 home runs and 212 RBIs.
Castellanos was a September call-up in 2013, and made his first Opening Day roster in 2014.
The Tigers drafted his brother – Ryan Castellanos – in the 25th round of the 2015 draft.
"We're all really happy, my whole family is. Now we can be in the same organization," Castellanos told The News at the time.
The younger Castellanos, a right-handed pitcher, completed his season earlier in September in the New York-Penn League with the Connecticut Tigers.
Through four-plus seasons, Nick Castellanos has hit .265 with 66 home runs and 284 RBIs in 564 games.
Whether he plays at third or right field, Castellanos looks to be a pivotal piece in Detroit's future plans.
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