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.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.
The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.
Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.