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Nick Castellanos, Drew Smyly named Tigers minor league players of the year

Two weeks ago, Matt Wallace told you who would win the Tigers minor league pitcher and position player of the year awards. Of course, he was right. (Matt probably now fears that I have jinxed him.)

Third baseman Nick Castellanos and left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly were honored by the Tigers in an announcement reported by's Jason Beck.

Castellanos started the season slow, but had a final line of .309 average /.364 on-base percentage /.430 slugging average with, 6 HR, 61 R and 74 RBI. And he's just 19 years old. His average was fifth best in the Single-A Midwest League.

Smyly, who we noted was named to the USA's Pan Am Games, finished just his first year of professional baseball. He split time between Advanced-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie, with an ERA of 2.07 in 126 innings. He had 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.6 walks per nine innings. Even better, his numbers were better in Erie than Lakeland.