The Tigers don't have a pick until the 2nd round in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but they made some prospect news on Monday anyway:
Nick Castellanos has been promoted to Erie following tonight's game with Lakeland. #tigers— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) June 5, 2012
The No. 44 overall pick in the 2010 draft is on the semi-fast track to the big leagues. Assuming all goes well, Castellanos should be ready to join the Tigers at some point in 2013. In High-A, Castellanos was hitting .405 in over 200 at bats with an OPS of 1.014, so it was time for him to be promoted, especially if the Tigers plan on dangling him to other teams around the deadline.
Castellanos' power is said to be developing along with his plate presence, but he's a natural hitter that projects to hit for average at every level. While he will continue to play third base and work on his average fielding there, it is a possibility that he is moved to the outfield down the road.