Detroit Tigers News
It’s no secret that 2018 is going to be a dismal year for the fanbase of the Detroit Tigers organization. Fortunately, there are three players projected to have career-best seasons. From SB Nations’ Bless You Boys:
The overall outcome of the 2018 Detroit Tigers season might not be pretty. Both FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus project the Tigers to lose at least 92 games. But that doesn’t mean the individual puzzle pieces along the way can’t still be special. A realistic outlook for most players ranges from bleak to unexciting, but a few Tigers players could be in for a strong year.
The three players in reference are Dixon Machado, Jeimer Candelario, and Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos is the player I’d keep an eye on personally. His offense is the backbone of his projections. As well, his defense is being historically horrid. It’s part of the reason why the Detroit Tigers moved him to the outfield last season.
Another note on Castellanos.
Jeff Seidel, of the Detroit Free Press, writes that Castellanos’ father was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.
“I remember when I first found out,” Castellanos said on Wednesday afternoon, sitting at his locker in the Tigers’ clubhouse after hitting his fourth home run of spring training. “It was when I made like eight errors in six games. Man, I didn’t want to be out there. I didn’t want to be five states away. Yeah, I was there physically but I wasn’t there mentally.”
This revelation helps explain partly why Castellanos had such a defensively horrid 2017. He ascended to the majors quickly but struggled defensively before being moved to the outfield. Castellanos is looking to continue the success he had in Septemeber and hopefully, he’s able to do so with his dad doing better.