Indians rumors: Cleveland interested in acquiring Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers
Castellanos currently owns a slash line of .273/.329/.461 with 11 home runs, a league-leading 36 doubles, and 37 RBI over 435 plate appearances thus far this season.
The 27-year-old was originally selected by the Tigers in the first round (44th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft and went on to make his big-league debut in 2013.
He played his first full season in 2014, slashing .259/.306/.394 with 11 long balls and 66 RBI across 579 plate appearances. From that point on, Castellanos became a regular in Detroit’s lineup.
The Davie, Fl. native posted very similar numbers the following year, recording a slash line of .255/.303/.419 with 15 homers, 33 doubles, and 73 RBI through 595 trips to the plate.
He then showed significant improvement in 2016, slashing .285/.331/.496 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI over 447 plate appearances, and the following season, Castellanos slashed .272/.320/.490 with 26 homers, a league-best 10 triples and 101 RBI.
Castellanos would proceed to post career highs in all of his slash numbers in 2018, slashing .298/.354/.500 with 23 dingers and 89 RBI.
The Indians have gone 17-5 in the month of July, vaulting themselves back into contention in the AL Central race, as they now own a record of 62-43 and sit just two games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place.
Not only that, but Cleveland has a firm hold on the first Wild Card spot in the American League playoff picture.
The Indians will kick off a three-game series with the Houston Astros at Progressive Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.