June 4th, 2012

Castellanos promoted to Erie

The plan on Nick Castellanos, at least at season’s start, was to have him spend the year at high Class A Lakeland, or at least the vast majority of it. Castellanos’ hitting changed the plan.

Though the Tigers didn’t have a pick in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft Monday night, they still made prospect news by announcing that Castellanos is headed to Double-A Erie. He’ll be one of the younger players in the Eastern League, but the way he hit around the Florida State League for two months, he isn’t likely to look it at the plate.

The longer Castellanos kept up a batting average over .400, the stronger his case became. He entered Monday batting .405 on the year for the Flying Tigers with three home runs, 32 RBIs and an OPS over 1.000.

The Eastern League is generally regarded as way more conducive to home runs than the FSL. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays with Castellanos, who has been viewed with power potential as he matures and held his own power wise at low Class A West Michigan last year.