Scouting Nick Castellanos

Many sources rate Nick Castellanos as one of the top high school position players in the 2010 draft class, but he slipped to the Tigers with the 44th overall pick, presumably because of high signing bonus demands.

Nick Castellanos/Photo courtesy of baseballfactory.com

Castellanos’ best tool is his bat.  Anup Sinha, who has worked as a scout for both the Padres and Cardinals, says Castellanos is one of the three or four best pure hitting prospects in this year’s high school draft class, as he projects to hit for both average and power.  Listed at 6-foot 4 and 195 pounds, Castellanos has a great baseball body and a chance to be a middle of the order run-producer.

Castellanos’ other tools are average across the board.  Sinha says he has a chance to be at least average defensively at third base if he works at it.  Sinha projects Castellanos’ arm strength to be average, rating it 40-45 presently on the 20-80 scouting scale and projecting it to be 50-55 in the future.  Castellanos is an average runner now, but he might slow down a tick as he fills out his frame.

While Castellanos has the tools to be a productive big leaguer, one source has concerns about his competitiveness, saying he is not very tough and sometimes chokes in big situations.

Castellanos’ contract negotiations will probably not be completed until just before the August 16 draft pick signing deadline, so his professional debut will likely not come until fall instructional league.

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