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.

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Can Nick play 2nd base? I read all the comments. I have said and some have also. Leyland has lost this team. I sometimes wish they had not had a good September in 2011. It is time for a new skipper and coaches. We have the talent, just no one to bring out the best in what we have. Most of my family are teachers and if you have been on this blog since 2006, you know my uncle was a teacher, and not a very good baseball player. His Yuma, AZ baseball team won the state baseball championship in 1973. He does not like Leyland. Quote of the day, Go Tigers!

Nick Castellanos cannot play second base full-time. He is too big. Not gonna happen.

Nick will not play secondbase. That question is being asked a lot so let’s get it out there. Not happening.
I’ve been watching Bryce Harper. 19 years old, and already a Kirk Gibson type player. Now that’s some exciting baseball.
Trade deadline talk starting already. Let’s remember there is an extra wild card in each league, therefore less sellers. Or cellars. The Tigers best hope is to have the guys they’ve got play better, whatever it takes to accomplish that. Most people don’t keep jobs that they perform poorly.

The rapid progress means Nick won’t be in the Florida League All Star game. I’m sure he’s quite happy with this turn of events though.

Still waiting for Raburn to start hitting. Yet he is hitting 54 points higher than he did with the Tigers.

True, he’ll miss out on FSL All-Star Game. Futures Game in KC should be a nice trip, though.

Something to look forward too for us!
As if we didn’t have enough reservations and worries we will pretty soon have to wonder how AJ will be able to come back after his surprisingly strong start to the season. Timing, physical impairment, or just losing his rhythm are all possibilities.

My immediate reaction is to rail the Tigers for rushing yet another top prospect, but it’s hard to find fault in this move. Sure, he could have walked more and cut down on his SOs, as well as hit for more power, but when you’re putting the barrel on the ball at the clip that he was this far into the season, a step up in competition is probably the right move.

Castellanos has more trade value if he can handle 3rd defensively, considering the lack of quality 3b at the major league level. To the Tigers though, it appears he might have more value as OF. Could he athletically handle that transition, and at what point would it be considered in his development? I remember Carlos Lee coming up as a 3b in White Sox, hit his way to MLB, and transitioned pretty quickly to LF. Not a good defensive LF, but he was able to play there for many years.

He was originally a shortstop. My guess is he will be most useful as a 3rd sacker. Iwas ready to say that outfielders are a dime a dozen but considering how difficult it has been for us to field a well-rounded left fielder for years now, I will take that back.
Much will depend on whether Miggy stays here. It may sound impossible but it isn’t, his trade value would be enormous. Much more than Priince.
The problem is there is no guarantee NC could step in immediately and take over.
As has been mentioned, it would be a lot better if we could use Prince as a DH. VMart is getting older and slower and less mobile with his injuries. He can’t DH forever. I think the guy is great but realistically he has likely only 2013 left as DH in my opinion–and as we have so dramatically learned, that doesn’t mean he will ever hit at the level he did or is expected to.
Castellanos is not a problem right now. Very likely he will not make the roster until 2014.

the head of the nail has been hit: Miggy will be traded at some point.

That is what I am afraid of. I was excited when they signed Prince … I admit it. But the one thing I worried about is I did not want Prince’s contract to be an excuse to not keep Miggy or JV, who are both up after 2015, I think (somebody, correct me if I am wrong on that). Both are more valuable than Prince.
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That is my worry of the future. My worry of right now is finding a way to get a hit with the bases loaded and getting over the 500 mark.
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Can they find a manager or a hitting coach in the draft? ;)
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Go Tigers.
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– Bob

The signing of Prince will be an albatross. That being said, I do believe we will be very happy we have him later this year. The contract he was given (especially under the circumstances where interest in him was very subdued) was a bad one. Blame Illitch, not DD, on that one. The problem is not the money given away by Illitch but the impact on the payroll to address other problem areas. If it came to giving up Fielder or Cabby to improve the team my choice would be Fielder. But, nobdy is going to want to take that contract. Thus the “albatross”.
This year cannot be excused or denied away. Leyland actually should be fired. There is no question in my mind about this.
He has a team that unmotivated, defeatist, dysfunctional, inept. Yet it is a team that is talented. Yes, he has holes that should have been filled, but he stubbornly filled them with players that couldn’t possilby fill them. He (not only the fans) has no problem scapegoating the guys that “can’t talk back”, because of their inexperience, youth, marginal ability or demeanor.

Can’t argue with that. I don’t think they’d ever fire him but instead he would be asked to step down. To be with family or whatever. Why I think they’d never fire him outright is as mysterious to me as to anyone reading. He’s been here seven years and in each of those years there have been loud rumblings to move him out. That’s quite remarkable, actually.

(Actually wasn’t finished with my post–got mysteriously posted before I was done).
The signing of Prince will be an albatross. That being said, I do believe we will be very happy we have him later this year. The contract he was given (especially under the circumstances where interest in him was very subdued) was a bad one. Blame Illitch, not DD, on that one. The problem is not the money given away by Illitch but the impact on the payroll to address other problem areas. If it came to giving up Fielder or Cabby to improve the team my choice would be Fielder. But, nobdy is going to want to take that contract. Thus the “albatross”.
This year cannot be excused or denied away. Leyland actually should be fired. There is no question in my mind about this.

He has a team that is demoralized, unmotivated, defeatist, dysfunctional and inept. Yet it is a team that is talented. Yes, he has holes that should have been filled, but he stubbornly filled them with players that couldn’t possilby fill them. He (not only the fans) has no problem scapegoating the guys that “can’t talk back”, because of their inexperience, youth, marginal ability or demeanor. Somebody has to be “accountable” before they start turning on each other.

Prince has shown himself to be a very good hitter, not just a longball threat. He’s a DH in waiting and will have to deal with that if he’s unable to improve his firstbase play. Miggy stays and returns to first. The first order of business is to put butts in the seats.

what if his offense becomes average when a DH? move him back to DH?

I mean 1st – move him back to 1st?

What if he breaks his leg and can never play again? What if he retires? I’m talking about 2-3 years down the road, not this season. This season is what it is.

OMG, don’t even bring up the possibility of Miggy being traded. Miggy & Verlander should be untouchable. Might be nearing the time to get rid of Leyland & his buddys. However, I can’t get over my anger at DD for putting together this lame excuse of a team (for the most part).

Victor is our DH. Victor can also play 1st base. I don’t know what they’re gonna do. The thought of losing Miggy almost is unbearable. If Cleveland sweeps us………

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