It wasn’t the prettiest — and actually should have been ruled an error — but Tigers top prospect Nick Castellanos registered his first career major league hit Saturday in the Tigers’ 4-3 loss to the Royals.
Castellanos trickled a slow-roller off the end of his bat to Royals second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who made a nice charging play and flung the ball over to first baseman Eric Hosmer. But Hosmer could not handle the throw and Castellanos was ruled safe with an infield single. Here’s the video.
Castellanos made it to second base on a Ramon Santiago walk, to third base on an Austin Jackson walk and then scored when Miguel Cabrera drew a bases-loaded base-on-balls.
The run — however easily he came about it — was also a career-first for Castellanos.
Castellanos got called up to the major leagues on September 1 after performing well enough this summer at the Triple-A level. The talented 21-year-old corner outfielder was a .303/.359/.445 hitter in four-plus minor league seasons and figures to have a starting job in Detroit on Opening Day next spring.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.