Position: Third Baseman
Castellanos was considered one of the draft's top high school bats entering the 2010 season, and he didn't disappoint throughout the spring. Despite being pitched around frequently, Castellanos put up stellar numbers in his senior season at Archbishop McCarthy High School.
That high school performance came on the heels of a .327 average with the under-18 USA team at the Pan-American Games in Venezuela. In addition to his standout performance in Venezuela, Castellanos has also shown very well at the WWBA World Championships, Under Armour All-American Game, and the Perfect Game National and World Showcases.
He has been heavily scouted for quite some time, and he has lived up to the hype by being named the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year on the heels of a .542 average with six home runs and 22 stolen bases. He also helped lead his squad to the Class 4A State Championship.
Castellanos already sports a pro body that scouts love, and many can see him filling in more which could make him a monster offensive threat down the line As it stands now, Castellanos has some nice offensive tools, led by power that projects to be from above-average to plus down the line. He has some trouble with breaking balls, which leaves him prone to strikeouts, and a few scouts question his ability to hit for average.
Earlier this spring, one veteran NL scout noted that he could see Castellanos becoming "more of a classic power guy rather than an all-around offensive threat." He uses the whole field well, and has power to all parts of the ball park. If he can improve his ability to recognize and hit breaking balls, he could improve his offensive profile dramatically.
A shortstop throughout high school, there is little chance Castellanos sticks at the position in the pros. He will likely shift to third base quickly and he is enough of an athlete to be an asset at the position. He has plenty of arm strength, good hands, and surprising quickness for a big kid.
Castellanos is a heady player that has good instincts on the bases and in the field. Though that baseball intelligence helps his speed play up in some instances, he's likely to lose a step as he fills out, ending as an average runner down the line.
Overall, Castellanos' pure ceiling is that of an All-Star third baseman with the ability to defend and hit in the middle of a lineup. If his pitch recognition doesn't develop, he may be more of a power guy with swing and miss in his game, and solid defense.
Performance Level Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB OBP% SLG% HS
Castellanos hasn't seen any significant injuries as a high school star. He is a hard worker with a very physical body, and he should be durable once he fully matures.
Castellanos isn't going to be an easy sign for the Tigers. He has a strong college commitment to the University of Miami, and he could opt to go star at the college level for three years to try and move up in the draft. Early reports indicate he is going to demand at least mid-first round money, if not something more on the order of serious top ten money to walk away from college.
The Tigers don't pick players at the top of the draft if they don't intend to sign them, and I fully expect them to sign him sometime late this summer. With it likely coming down to the signing deadline, Castellanos may not make his official pro debut until the 2011 season, where he could start out at West Michigan.
He may need to move a level at a time and could take as much as three to four years to polish his game and be ready for the big leagues, but the Tigers have to believe they have found their third baseman of the future in this year's draft.
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