Detroit Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos will be featured in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. The Tigers top prospect can be seen in the game that will air on the MLB Network Saturday November 3rd at 8pm.
Castellanos has been playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. After primarily playing third base in the minors, Castellanos has now switched to the outfield. For the Solar Sox, the Tigers top prospect has been playing left field. With Miguel Cabrera ahead of Castellanos at third base, it seemed the Tigers had to make the decision to move Nick to the outfield. With Castellanos playing left field, he could be preparing to join the Tigers outfield in 2013 with Austin Jackson and Avisail Garcia.
Through 15 games with the Solar Sox, Castellanos is hitting .219, with one home run and three RBIs. Castellanos has been getting struck out a lot in the AFL, and will need to work on that before he makes the switch to MLB.
Castellanos was taken by the Tigers with the 44th pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Castellanos draft stock fell after he committed to the University of Miami. The MLB prospect signed a $3.45 million bonus with the Tigers, which at the time was the highest ever paid to a non first round draft pick.
The Tigers prospect has been listed as untouchable in trade negotiations. With the team moving him from third base to the outfield, it appears the time for his major league debut is coming soon. Castellanos spent the 2012 season in Single A with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, and Double A with the Erie Seawolves.
A great Arizona Fall League could transition into a strong spring training, where Castellanos could earn his spot on the Tigers 2013 roster.