Nick Castellanos isn't getting it done and it is starting to hurt the Detroit Tigers
His statistics weren't overwhelming, but he was hitting the ball consistently hard. He hit a few home runs. He had been moved to back to third base after year in the outfield in 2013 at Triple-A Toledo (he played shortstop as an elite-level age group amateur), and was making the routine play. The Tigers were winning, and Castellanos was contributing enough to justify his spot in the lineup.
But what had been growing pains has become alarming.
|Nick Castellanos: The numbers adding up aren't the good ones|
But to give you an idea of how badly Castellanos is grading out Sabermetrically, he is tied for 1,003rd among 1,028 MLB players in 2014 in WAR (the baseball-reference version).
A statistic of 0.0 is considered a borderline MLB player
Count me among those who still sees a bright future for Castellanos, but I did think he would be a bonafide Rookie of the Year candidate this season and he hasn't even come close so far.
To this stage, he's done more damage than good for the Tigers, which they were able to mask earlier and it appears he may not be ready for the Major Leagues at this stage.
The problem is the alternative. How about a left-side of the infield consisting of Don Kelly and Andrew Romine?
Still worried about that draft pick the Tigers would have lost by signing Stephen Drew?
My column. Five things we've learned about the Detroit Tigers two months into the 2014 MLB season: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140601/five-things-weve-learned-about-the-detroit-tigers-two-months-into-2014-season-pat-caputo-says
My Column. Detroit Lions stuck in the middle of the NFC North: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140531/detroit-lions-stuck-in-the-middle-of-nfc-north-pat-caputo-says