The Florida State League is supposed to be a pitcher-friendly circuit, but Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is making it look easy.
Castellanos, 20, went 3-for-4 with his second home run of the season yesterday for high Class A Lakeland, where he leads the minors in batting average and is hitting .417/.453/.583 in 106 plate appearances.
Aside from yesterday's home run, Castellanos' power isn't showing up yet, but with his large 6-foot-4 frame, that should come in the future with additional strength and a more mature hitting approach, not unlike what happened with Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Castellanos is more advanced as a pure hitter than Middlebrooks was at the same age, and while Castellanos may never be anything more than adequate with the glove, the offensive upside here is significant as a guy who could potentially hit for average and power.
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