Nick Castellanos Cincinnati Reds

Age: 28 (March 4, 1992) | 6' 4" | 203lbs. | Bats: Right OF-57 RF-57 DH-2 PH-1
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
DET AL 2016 110 411 54 117 28 111 25 4 18 58 1 1 .285 .331 .496 6 25 .345 31/26/43 16 15
DET AL 2017 157 614 73 167 41 142 36 10 26 101 4 5 .272 .320 .490 6 21 .313 37/25/38 23 21
DET AL 2018 157 620 88 185 49 151 46 5 23 89 2 1 .298 .354 .500 7 22 .361 35/29/36 27 26
DET AL 2019 100 403 57 110 31 96 37 3 11 37 2 1 .273 .328 .462 7 22 .332 38/23/39 10 11
CHC NL 2019 51 212 43 68 10 47 21 0 16 36 0 1 .321 .356 .646 4 21 .347 37/22/42 13 12
CIN NL 2020 60 218 37 49 19 69 11 2 14 34 0 2 .225 .298 .486 8 29 .257 35/26/39 17 18
Career 8yrs 948 3578 445 979 253 909 240 34 134 494 11 16 .274 .324 .472 7 23 .329 n/a
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Nick faced the shift last year in 82.6 percent of his plate appearances. I wonder how that compares to 2019?

In his 181 plate appearances against the shift, when he hit a ground ball or short line drive his BABIP was .216.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 21

Won't everyone be "opting out" next year, Alex? 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Nov 1

Interesting that Nick's LD% went up while his BABIP plummeted.

I doubt he'll be opting out next year.

Nick Castellanos (OF) CIN - Oct. 31

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=761410

Castellanos will remain with the Reds in 2021 after declining to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Castellanos played all 60 games during his first season with the Reds in 2020, recording a .784 OPS with 14 home runs and 34 RBI. He has opt-out clauses in his contract following the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and it's relatively unsurprising to see him remain with the Reds for a second season since teams could have less financial flexibility following the abbreviated 2020 season. 

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 1

Nick Castellanos (OF) CIN - Jul. 29

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=746048

Castellanos went 2-for-3 with a walk, grand slam and two runs scored Wednesday against the Cubs.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Castellanos took Rex Brothers deep in the fifth inning with the bases load to break the game open in Cincinnati's favor. He now has two home runs on the season, both of which have come in his past two games. Castellanos has now collected at least one hit in each of his six starts this season, and has reached base 11 times in 25 plate appearances.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 30

One thing we know for certain.  The shortened season will mean fewer weekly FAAB cycles.  Spend early and often!

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Mar 18

And Rule V draftee Mark Payton who slugged .653 in AAA last year. If he does opt out they can give a QO and either get compensation or have him for a negligible increase. I think Aquino's September scares them(though it was actually roughly the first half) and I'm not convinced Shogo is an upgrade offensively over Winker(though he is in defensive, speed, and versatility).

I personally would have preferred a Winker/Ervin platoon in LF and signing either Shogo or Castellanos instead of both. 

van wilhoite LVW
Jan 29

Seems like a really weird deal for the Reds ... they already have Winker (111 OPS+), Aquino (122), Ervin (a platoon heavy 102), Schebler (terrible in 2019, but a 101-107 in the 3 previous years.

They have Senzel, who's effectively blocked from the IF, and needs MLB PT at this stage of his career.

They just signed Akiyama.

And they sign Castellanos to a contract that basically pushes all the risk on the Reds - the annual price really isn't a discount given his established performance level the last 2 years, if he breaks out he leaves, and if he regresses to his 2015-2017 1.0 WAR level of play they're stuck with him.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 28

Four years, $64 million -- so a little more thanTrade Rumors predicted -- and he can opt out after this year.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 28

And he's a Red.  Reds and Brewers have like 16 starting outfielders between the two teams.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 28

Nick is now the second best remaining free agent (after Josh Donaldson), according to MLB Trade Rumors. 

So far the very best free agents have gotten bigger contracts than MLBTR predicted in early November, at the beginning of the auction. This was posted yesterday...

8. Nicholas Castellanos, OF (original prediction: four years, $58MM)

  • The Cubs would still like to re-sign Castellanos, but their aversion to the luxury tax could prevent that from happening. The crosstown rival White Sox, not to mention the Rangers and Giants, have also shown recent interest in the big-hitting 27-year-old.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 4