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Detroit Tigers Have Budding Star In Nick Castellanos

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After trading away Prince Fielder this offseason and moving Miguel Cabrera from third to first, the Detroit Tigers went all in with Nick Castellanos as their third baseman.

That decision couldn’t be working out any better for the Tigers. Castellanos hasn’t just proven that he can fill the hole at third, he has shown that he has the potential to be a star for the Tigers.

Castellanos appeared in just one games at the big league level before the start of Spring Training this season, but the Tigers showed confidence in him and were set to open the season with the 21 year old as the starter at the hot corner.

If the Tigers had any doubts about whether or not Castellanos would be able to produce, those doubts were quickly erased. So far the spring, Castellanos has hit .441 with a pair of home runs and 15 RBI’s. Those talent’s were on display in today’s game with against the Washington Nationals, where Castellanos was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s.

What is even more impressive about Castellanos’ Spring Training performance is that he is among the team leaders in plate appearances, with 34. For Castellanos to maintain such a high average shows his ability at the plate.

A big question for Castellanos is his defense, as he has spent the last couple seasons playing in the outfield. He has struggled some this spring, committing two errors in just 16 total chances. Castellanos has shown that he has the bat to stick around in the big leagues, but the defense will have to come along.

If Castellanos can put up similar numbers in the regular season, watch for Castellanos to be a leader to win the American League Rookie of the Year award and establish himself as one of the top young talents in the game.

Spencer Impellizzeri is a MLB writer covering the Detroit Tigers for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Spence_I or on Google +.