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Nick Castellanos

Born: 03/04/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 203
Primary Position: RF
Bulked up since prior viewing; long arms and legs but well proportioned overall; very strong; has maintained flexibility in upper body despite bulking up; very impressive physically with room to develop more.
Evaluator Mark Anderson
Report Date 07/18/2013
Dates Seen 06/25/13 - 06/28/13
Affiliate Toledo Mud Hens (AAA, Tigers)

Gritty, gamer type of player; baseball rat; plays the game hard at all times; works hard to improve; has tremendous natural aptitude with a bat in his hands; can make adjustments an implement new lessons instantly at the plate; lacks similar aptitude/instincts defensively; looks like a dirtbag type of player with rugged appearance and no batting gloves; quiet, confident kid that is very hard on himself at the plate.

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2013 Low 65 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 70 Very natural; it all looks easy for him; excellent base with lower half; remains balanced throughout swing; quiet and simple load that he repeats well; head stays almost perfectly still from trigger all the way to contact; excellent bat speed; bat-to-ball skills are superb; works right-center to left field line with ease; tremendous overall feel for the game in the batter’s box; tracks the ball very well; recognizes spin and can stay back; handles velocity well; can hit in all parts of the zone; will expand zone at times but can still make hard contact; likes to swing and will be aggressive but picks his spots; showing more patience and desire to find the pitch he can do the most damage with; improved approach has resulted in even more hard contact than before; only polishing remains to further refine pitch selection and consistency; could hit major league pitching at an average level right now; potential .300-plus hitter.
Power 65 Really starting to show in games; consistently drives the ball hard to all fields; loves to work right-center to center with lots of power; line-drive swing; natural strength and bat speed translate to contact and allow for “that sound” off the bat; shows ability to drive the ball out of the park to the opposite field; still learning to turn on the ball and get into it; pull-side power will come with experience and final polishing of offensive game; doesn’t loft the ball a ton but line drives are hit plenty hard enough to get out; potential for 35-plus doubles and 20-25 home runs a year at his peak; hit utility gives him a strong chance of maximizing his raw power.
Baserunning/Speed 35 Not a graceful runner; running can look difficult for him at times; clearly tries hard but his body just won’t let it happen; doesn’t get out of the box well or get underway well in the outfield; has instincts on the bases but lack of raw speed impacts execution; speed is a marginal part of his game; all negative impacts will manifest defensively rather than offensively; any speed projection is negative as his body thickens with physical maturity.
Glove 45 Converted infielder; still very raw defensively; can get the job done most of the time; doesn’t look pretty during execution; jumps are consistently a half tick late; routes have too much shape and are rarely direct to the spot; appears to track the ball fairly well in the air and doesn’t hesitate a lot; looks unsettled when under the ball; seems very unsure of himself defensively; glove position is inconsistent and often awkward on the catch; nuances like pre-positioning his body for throws are still lost; lacks range due to unimpressive speed; can’t help but feel a bit nervous when the ball is hit in his direction; currently needs a lot of work in the field; even with significant work, doesn’t have projection for more than fringe-average.
Arm 50 Raw arm strength is above average; still struggles with consistent outfield throwing mechanics; gets caught in old throwing habits at times and kind of slings the ball; will show occasional throw with good mechanics, good velocity and some accuracy, but those are rare; more often throws lack zip or accuracy; works hard pre-game on throwing mechanics; arm could play average long term.

Offensive potential carries the profile and could make him a star; potential .300 hitter with budding power; should hit in the middle of a championship lineup; natural offensive gifts are a joy to watch and could manifest into an offensive monster; struggles defensively; instincts for the outfield are lacking and though the arm has raw strength it doesn’t play with poor mechanics for the position; defensive development may never come; baseball rat with excellent makeup; offensive profile will overshadow defensive shortcomings.

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