Tigers send top prospect Nick Castellanos to Triple-A

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Nick Castellanos had a good spring, but the 21-year-old top prospect never really had a chance of making the Tigers and yesterday they assigned him to Triple-A.

Castellanos has ranked among Baseball America‘s top-100 prospects for three straight seasons, rating No. 21 overall this year, and while there wasn’t a place for him on the Opening Day roster Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that “he shouldn’t be [at Triple-A] for long.”

Castellanos has shifted from third base to the outfield and specifically now left field, and while very promising he’s played just 79 games above Single-A and zero games at Triple-A. And last season he struggled at Double-A, hitting .264 with a .678 OPS and 76/14 K/BB ratio. He was 20 years old, so that’s hardly an indictment of his long-term potential, but if the Tigers think Castellanos is ready to make a big-league impact in the second half that would be plenty fast.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: