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Report: Nick Castellanos agrees to $3.45M deal with Tigers

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The University of Miami is out of luck. Negotiations with third baseman Nick Castellanos may have gone down to the wire today but the Tigers ended up with their top pick of the June First-Year Player Draft according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Castellanos, who went 44th overall, signed for $3.45 million. Needless to say, that's way above slot. There's a lot of top ten picks not seeing that kind of money.

Castellanos projects to be a run-producing third baseman in the long run with the potential to hit in the middle of Detroit's order and to hit for both power and contact with passable speed. There are questions as to Castellanos's range, and in the past there has been speculation he may have to move off of third base.

Castellanos also jumps near the top of Detroit's prospect rankings with this signing.

For an earlier scouting report on Castellanos, check this post out.

It appears the only early draft pick not to sign with the Tigers was fourth rounder Cole Green out of the University of Texas.

First round supplemental pick RHP Chance Ruffin and second rounder LHP Drew Smyly also signed before the deadline Monday.