One of the major contract signings for free agents ahead of the 2020 season, Nick Castellanos is preparing to begin his second season in the outfield for the Cincinnati Reds.
Last season, Castellanos led the team with 11 doubles and two triples and finished second with 14 home runs and 34 RBI.
After eight major league seasons, most of which were spent with the Detroit Tigers, Castellanos is a career of 0.274 hits with 134 home runs and 494 RBI. He led the American League with 10 triples in 2017.
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nicholas Castellanos (2) catches a line in front of Cleveland Indians midfielder Bradley’s bat in the fourth inning of the MLB Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians at downtown Great American Ball Park Room (4) Cincinnati on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. (Photo: Sam Greene)
Here are three things you should know about Nick Castellanos
His 2019 season between the Tigers and the Chicago Cubs was a historic one for Castellanos.
The 58 doubles he scored that year were good enough for 10th place in baseball history. He also joined Hank Greenberg and Joe Medwick how The only right-hander to have more than 55 doubles and 25 home races in the same season.
That led to Cubs fans calling him “Nicky Two Bags” for a season before topping the Reds in that category.
The only thing missing today is a Nicholas Castellanos double pic.twitter.com/ASHZqfWakh
– Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) 17th September 2019
Nick designed his younger brother Ryan Castellanos
Detroit allowed big brother Nick to make the announcement: “Detroit Tigers dial 3369 ID number, Castellanos, Ryan, right-handed … brother of mine,” Nick said.
– Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 10, 2015
Ryan spent three seasons in the Tigers Minor League system before his last appearance for the Frontier League’s Washington WildThings in 2018.
Don’t count Nick Castellanos as a supporter of Sabermetrics
When the Tigers tried to move it before close of trading, some teams hesitated to pull the trigger to make a move for Castellanos.
He believes baseball analytics played a role in this, and he denounced it the “moneyball” method of building a team.
“The movie Moneyball, that was the beginning of the introduction of this idea of analytics to fans. ” Castellanos told USA Today. “Obviously the Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt movie was entertaining. But as I see it, what did it do for the A’s? You still haven’t won the World Series. ”
New #Cubs Outfielder Nick Castellanos is not a saber-metric: “I’m not a video-watching guy. I don’t really know what my starting angle is. The only thing I’m trying to do is hit that ball really hard. Whatever happens , will happen. “
– 670 The Score (@ 670TheScore) 7th August 2019
Meanwhile, the Cubs traded for him and he responded by hitting .321 in 51 games during the playoff push with 16 homers and 36 RBI.
Nick Castellanos discusses the Reds’ 4-1 start into the season and the frustration that Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel are holding out.