Castellanos lands on Baseball America's all-rookie team

The Detroit News

Nick Castellanos had his share of ups and downs as a rookie with the Tigers, but he's still recognized as one of the game's top first-year players.

Castellanos landed a spot on Baseball America's 15-man all-rookie team, unveiled Friday, as the squad's third baseman.

Baseball America's Matt Eddy noted Castellanos' .886 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in June, as well as his struggles over the last 76 games of the regular season (.246 average).

"On the plus side," Eddy wrote, "the 22-year-old showcased solid gap power — he ranked second among rookies with 46 extra-base hits — and a high line-drive rate (28.5 percent) that was bested only by Freddie Freeman (31 percent) among qualified big league hitters."

Castellanos hit .259 with 11 home runs and 66 RBIs, finishing with a .700 OPS. He also had a home run in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles — his only hit in 10 postseason at-bats.

He had 15 errors and a .950 fielding percentage during the regular season.

Of the 15 players on Baseball America's all-rookie team, five played in the AL Central, including White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, shortstop Danny Santana and designated hitter Kennys Vargas of the Twins, and Royals starter Yordano Ventura.

Click here for a look at the entire team.