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1s.44 Detroit Tigers - Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)

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The Tigers selected Nick Castellanos. Here's his profile:


Nick Castellanos   Position: 3B   School: Archbishop McCarthy HS   State: FL   Height: 6’4’’   Weight: 210

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 3/4/92   Seiler Rating: 1B2   Commitment: Miami

Nick Castellanos is one of the top prep bats in the 2010 class, and he hails from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale. What’s most interesting to me is that Castellanos originally hailed from American Heritage High School, a traditional powerhouse that put out first-rounder Eric Hosmer and numerous other big prospects. He also transferred into Archbishop McCarthy at the same time that former Major Leaguer Alex Fernandez took over as the head of Baseball Operations there, which equates to general manager at higher levels. Getting back to the stuff on the field, Castellanos is as good as you’re going to get for a smooth power-hitter this year. He features one of the prettiest swings from the right side of the plate, and it projects for plus power and plus hitting. He also features average speed, sometimes better, depending on the day you see him. He should stick as a fringe-average runner in the long run once he fills out. Defense is the questionable side of his game. He features an above-average arm that should be just fine for third, but he has a slow release and fringe-average lateral range at times, along with below-average instincts off the bat. He has the raw tools to be a solid third baseman, but there’s some question about his ability to adjust there, as some think he’ll be a liability. However, he’s still one of the best offensive options in the entire class, making him a solid mid-first round candidate, though his signability is up in the air, as he values a Miami commitment quite a bit.