Nick Castellanos looks poised for breakout rookie season
The Tigers most hyped hitting prospect in years, Castellanos has done everything this spring to show that the Tigers should have no worries about the 21-year old taking over every day duties at the hot corner. Castellanos is off to a hot spring, batting .385 (10-26) this with two home runs and 11 RBIs and looks like a polished hitter when stepping to the plate. In the Tigers 17-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday afternoon, Castellanos went 3-4, with a single in the second inning off of 15-game winner Shelby Miller with two outs and then drove in a run with runners on first and second in the third, a situation I’m sure he’ll face numerous times during the season. Castellanos capped off the day with a three-run blast to center field, extending the Tigers lead to 10-0. In his final at bat he hit a solid fly ball that had to be chased down by Cardinals’ right fielder Jon Jay. Defensively, Castellanos did have a lazy throw during the fourth inning that pulled first baseman Don Kelly off the bag, but Kelly was still able to get the runner out. Overall, Castellanos was nothing short of spectacular on Monday.
Max Scherzer stellar in start
Max Scherzer greatly benefitted from the Tigers’ offense last year, as he finished third in the AL in run support. On Monday he once again received incredible run support but it was unneeded. Last season’s AL Cy Young Award winner was brilliant in 4.2 innings, striking out five while allowing just two hits and a walk. Scherzer now sports a .93 ERA this spring and with questions about Justin Verlander’s availability for opening day, expect Scherzer to get the nod when the Tigers open the regular season in three weeks against the Kansas City Royals.
Miguel Cabrera blasts two homers
It doesn’t matter who is batting in front or behind Miguel Cabrera, he is going to hit. Cabrera blasted a two-run opposite field homer in the third, an inning in which the Tigers scored seven runs, and then hit a rocket to dead center in the Tigers’ eight-run fourth. Cabrera is hitting .474 in 19 at bats this spring.
Steven Moya making a case for the final Roster spot
When it was announced last week that Andy Dirks would be out for 8-12 weeks with a back injury, Tigers’ general manager David Dombrowski said that a replacement would be found in house. It’s safe to assume that free agent signee Raja Davis will get the majority of starts in left field while Dirks is out. But who replaces Dirks on the roster is still up for grabs. One person who is making a case for the 25th spot is Steven Moya. Moya went 3 for 5, falling just a homer shy of the cycle, with four RBIs, and showed incredible speed when running out a triple for a guy who is 6’6 and 250 lbs. Moya is the Tigers 20th ranked prospect and spent 2013 at Single-A Lakeland, where he hit. 255 with 12 home runs in 93 games. Moya is hitting .438 in 16 at bats this spring.