Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Isn't It Time To Call Up Nick Castellanos???
Castellanos the #17 prospect on Pepper's Top 100 MLB Prospects list got off to a slow start at Triple-A Toledo, but has been mashing ever since hitting .300 on the season with 99 hits, including 27 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, and 42 RBI. The big difference for Castellanos this year though are the walks. To date, Nick has 42 walks on the season in 377 plate appearances where only accumulated 36 in 2010 (584 PA's) and 45 in 2011 (562), so his patience and knowledge as a hitter is growing.
Additionally it sounds like scouts are sold on Castellanos making the transition to the outfield from shortstop and third base and is still learning but is serviceable.
I mean, at this point it has to worth a shot right? Our only left fielder with any offensive success (Matt Tuiasosopo) is on the DL, and his counterpart for platooning Andy Dirks is still lost with the bat hitting .245 on the season with 6 homers and 21 RBI and a .650 OPS. Avisail has slipped as of late as well, hitting .241 on the season now and a .646 OPS, and "supersub" Don Kelly is hitting .220 with a .679 OPS.
The last piece that sold me ever further is looking at Triple-A splits for Nick this season showing he hits .364 against lefties and .287 against righties with 9 of his 11 home runs and 22 of his 27 doubles coming off righties.
It's time right????