As the 2012 Major League Baseball offseason continues, there is a focus on on the 2013 season and, for fantasy baseball owners, who will be the next big rookie to have a huge season? There is one player in particular who could generate some buzz – if given sufficient playing time – in the Detroit Tigers‘ Nick Castellanos. Castellanos is presently stuck behind Miguel Cabrera at third base in Detroit, so a trade may be the best option for him.
Castellanos is arguably the top prospect in the Detroit farm system, and has the power and defensive ability to be a solid player for years to come. With Cabrera solidly entrenched at third base, though, Castellanos may need a move to the outfield just like Cabrera had early in his career to get his bat into the Detroit lineup. Castellanos has the potential to hit 15-20 home runs with 75-80 RBIs if given the 500-600 at-bats per season to do it.
If you are a fantasy owner, you will want to keep a close eye on what or where Castellanos is doing or going. If the Tigers decide to give Castellanos a chance in the outfield, he could be a worthwhile pick late in 2013 drafts as a deep flyer. If you are in a keeper league, this may be the year to get Castellanos so he is on your roster for the next few years. Castellanos may be better served getting out of Detroit where he would get the at-bats he needs to teams like the Chicago Cubs or Seattle Mariners; but the Tigers may want to keep his bat around, and could eventually find some room for him in the lineup yet.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.