July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA infielder Nick Castellanos rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Earlier this week, we learned that 3B prospect Nick Castellanos shagging fly balls before games for AA Erie in preparation for a move to the outfield. While the length of this stay in the outfield was to be determined by a number of factors that we've discussed ad nauseum here at BYB, there was little doubt that Castellanos' bat was going to force a position change sooner rather than later.
That change is here, according to Jon Paul Morosi.
Nick Castellanos starting in RF at Erie tonight. Like I said Sunday, no chance #Tigers will rush him. Nope. No chance. They NEVER do that.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 12, 2012
With the wild success of young guns Bryce Harper and Mike Trout this season, I've officially pulled a 180 on whether I want to see Castellanos in the big leagues this season. Bring him up and see how he does. It would be very difficult for his defense to be any worse than the charades we've seen from Delmon Young and Brennan Boesch in the corner outfield slots, and I see no reason why the organization shouldn't challenge a guy who is hitting .335/.386/.471 this season between A+ and AA as a 20 year old.
Agree? Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Should Nick Castellanos play in Detroit this season?
Yes, ASAP (221 votes)
Yes, but only as a September call-up (395 votes)
No, wait until 2013 or beyond (177 votes)
793 total votes