Fantasy Profile: Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers

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Fantasy Profile: Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers

LWOS Ranking 19, Captain’s Value: $2.55

Nick Castellanos is another young third baseman with intriguing potential. Last year, in his first full season of big league action, Castellanos finished with modest numbers as he had a .259 AVG, 11 HR & 66 RBI. However, there is reason to believe those numbers could improve.

A deep look at his 2014 numbers reveals that Nick had a great line drive percentage, which would suggest a decent batting average. The problem is, Nick struck out a lot as he had a K% of 24.2. At 23, it is not unreasonable to think that he would improve his plate discipline in his second full season, and subsequently increase his totals across the board. It is unlikely he’s ever to become a great source of power or steals, which limits his fantasy prospects somewhat, but he’s certainly a solid young player with a promising future.

Bottom line, maybe it is not the smartest strategy to employ him as your starting third baseman, especially not in standard leagues, but it may be wise to scoop him up in the later rounds as a bench bat with promise.

2013 DET 3B 11 18 18 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.278 0.278 0.278 0.556
2014 DET 3B 148 579 533 50 11 66 2 36 140 0.259 0.306 0.394 0.700
2015 Proj DET 3B 580 535 55 13 65 2 35 131 0.270 0.314 0.416 0.730

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