Nick Castellanos had no sooner graduated from High School down in Fort Lauderdale, than the Tigers
were standing on his doorstep with a check for 3.5 million smackeroos. Young Nick, just finishing up
with a .542 batting average as a High School Senior, thought…”Hey, why not, that’ll buy Mom a new
car” signed and instantly became a member of the Tiger’s swelling young brilliant farm system. Actually
he was the Tiger’s 44th draft choice , but to keep him from going to College, they did come up with the
3.5 million. Last year he joined CHANCE RUFFIN and TODD SMYLY on the team’s “UNTOUCHABLE” list!
If you’re wondering why the Tiger’s would part with that kind of -dough-re-me listen up, he was rated by
BASEBALL AMERICA as the 3rd best POWER HITTER in the new crop of MLB rookies.
And where does the kid play? Right over there at the hot corner, which has become even hotter with
Miguel Cabrera possibly moving over there. To soften the situation a wee bit, the Tiger’s brain trust
are already talking about Castellanos playing at either Toledo or Erie this year. But, if he’s as good as
his press clippings indicate you just might not want to fool around with this untouchable’s psych pod.
Looks like another “nice” problem for Jim Leyland and his boys to muddle over. At any rate we fans can
watch with interest as the 3rd base scenario unfolds. Miguel might find himself playing left field much
sooner than anyone thought possible. Some day soon the Bengals will have to add another “power
hitter” to their loaded power hitting lineup! How does Jackson, Boesch, Cabrera, Fielder, Martinez,
Castellanos, Young, Avila and Peralta sound?” Now admit it, it brings a smile to your face, ehhh?
Even without Nick, the other seven, minus Martinez, will be trotting out to the field this year!
A few extra thoughts on this pleasant summery day in February. WBWF thinks the young stallion,
BRENNAN BOESCH, is due for a big break out year. He has TWO years of MLB experience at his young
age , and folks, HE’S PRIMED! Plus he has all five tools. That’s why we’re thinking BIG YEAR for him.
Also, the quiet, almost invisable, Jhonny Peralta will show us all that 2011 was no fluke. With very
little pressure on his shoulders hitting down around 7th, he will perform another stellar year.
filed on this beautiful Thursday, 2-9-12, by bobby…WELCOME NICK CASTELLANOS!