CLEVELAND -- If Tigers officials are waiting for top prospect Nick Castellanos to cool off from his hot start to see how he adjusts to pitchers, they might be waiting a while. The sweet-hitting third baseman at Class A Lakeland raised his average to .413 entering play on Thursday thanks to an 8-for-12 tear over the previous three games.
The 20-year-old went 4-for-4 on Tuesday night at Bradenton, sandwiched between a pair of two-hit efforts. He easily leads all Minor League hitters across all organizations in batting average.
The plan going into the season was for Castellanos to spend the summer at Lakeland with a promotion to Double-A Erie no earlier than the tail end of the season. He said a few weeks ago that he isn't trying to think about assignments or levels and instead is just concentrating on his hitting.