When you look around the Detroit Tigers‘ infield, you will not see too many familiar faces. Ian Kinsler will start the season at second base after he was acquired by the Texas Rangers for Prince Fielder in the offseason. Jose Iglesias will get a crack at the everyday shortstop job, and of course, you will see Miguel Cabrera at first.
What about third base? Nick Castellanos will take over the third base role. He is the no. 1 prospect in the Tigers’ organization, and is expected to have a major impact on the Tigers this season. Castellanos will turn 22 in March and only has seen 11 games in the big leagues with the Tigers.
The way he performs in Spring Training will give you some good feedback as to what to expect for the long haul. Castellanos needs to be more ready than ever to become an important player on the Tigers. The team is yearning to get back to the World Series. He will have a lot to learn in the majors, but he does have a two-time American League MVP to help him transition to the majors at third base.
He can make more of an impact this season than prospects like Masahiro Tanaka or Jose Abreu. The ultra-competitive AL Central will give him fair opportunity for ups and downs during the year. As long as he can power through them, Detroit will be fine and will have another AL Central title under its belt.