BY THE NUMBERS: Castellanos played in 134 games for the Mud Hens and hit .276 with 18 home runs and 76 RBIs. He had 56 extra-base hits, including 37 doubles and a triple, and scored 81 runs. In 533 at-bats he struck out 100 times (once every 5.33 at-bats) and had 54 walks. Castellanos had a .343 on-base percentage.
NOTES AND LEADERS: In terms of production categories, Castellanos tied for fourth in the International League in RBIs (76) and led the league with 81 runs scored. He placed second in the league in hits (147), tied for the lead in doubles (37), was fourth in extra-base hits (56) and was third in total bases (240). It’s worth noting that he also had the second-most at-bats in the IL with 533.
ANALYSIS: Castellanos is just 21 years old, making him one of the youngest players in the International League this season. But he clearly can hit at the Triple-A level, and with a few refinements will hit well in the majors as well. Castellanos was a mid- and post-season IL all-star.
THE CRYSTAL BALL: What is clear is that Castellanos is close, if not ready, to hit in the big leagues. The question is more about what position will he play. There were some bumps and bruises in his first full season in the outfield, but there also were things to like about his play – most notably his arm, which is very strong and accurate. If the Tigers are thinking about platooning him in left field next year, it’s worth noting he hit .302 against IL lefties but had just two home runs in 96 at-bats (compared to a .270 average with 16 home runs in 437 at-bats against right-handers). Here’s the point: Castellanos can and will hit in the majors. Will it be for Detroit in 2014?
WANT MORE ON CASTELLANOS? Click here to read a story about Castellanos being named to the post-season IL all-star team. Click here to read the pre-season story about Castellanos entering his first season at Triple-A.
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