Castellanos, Rondon, Brantly in Futures Game
Castellanos will start for the US
Castellanos will start for the US
Executive Editor
Posted Jul 8, 2012
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Each year on the Sunday before the All-Star break, MLB puts on the Futures Game, gathering 50 of baseball’s top prospects and putting on a showcase game for these future stars. This year’s game, Sunday at 5PM ET, has plenty of representation from the Tigers, as three organization members are on the rosters; third baseman Nick Castellanos, catcher Rob Brantly, and reliever Bruce Rondon.

Each year on the Sunday before the All-Star break, MLB puts on the Futures Game, gathering 50 of baseball’s top prospects and putting on a showcase game for these future stars. This year’s game, Sunday at 5PM ET, has plenty of representation from the Tigers, as three organization members are on the rosters; third baseman Nick Castellanos, catcher Rob Brantly, and reliever Bruce Rondon.

The prospect that needs no introduction is third baseman Nick Castellanos, who has been shooting up prospect ranking charts this season, in addition to the organizational ladder. Castellanos spent the first two months of the season with high-A Lakeland, where he hit over .400 before being promoted to Double-A Erie in June. Between the two stops, he’s hitting .371 with 23 doubles, seven home runs and a .940 OPS.

Castellanos will get the start as a member of the US roster as the team’s designated hitter, batting seventh.

Joining Castellanos on the US team is catcher Rob Brantly, who was a late addition to the squad after Travis D'Arnaud from the Blue Jays organization had to pull out of the game due to injury. Brantly has also spent time between two teams this season, starting the year in Erie before being promoted to Triple-A %%MATCH_6%%. Between the two stops, he’s hitting an even .300 with 19 doubles, three home runs and posting a .759 OPS.

Brantly will serve as the backup to San Francisco Giants catcher Tommy Joseph.

The final member of the organization is on the world roster, right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon. The big Venezuelan has started making waves this season as he’s beginning to harness his fastball that reaches triple digits while improving his slider, making for a devastating one-two punch that has many talking about him as a future closer in Detroit.

Recently promoted to Erie from Lakeland, Rondon has compiled 23 saves already this season with a sparkling 1.38 ERA. He’s also struck out 45 and walked just 13 in 32 2/3 innings while posting a WHIP of 0.86. Rondon is in the World team’s bullpen and will likely make an appearance in the later innings.

All three prospects will feature prominently in TigsTown’s midseason 2012 Top 50, as all three will ranked among the top ten players in the organization.

Pos
3B
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Nick Castellanos
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
Hometown: Davie, FL
Position: 3B
Bats: R
Throws: R
Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

SUMMARY: He has supreme natural hitting ability and plenty of power projection thanks to a sweet swing and a good frame. He should hang at third base and could be an impact bat in the middle of the order.

Pos
C
Detroit Tigers
Player: Rob Brantly
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Position: C
Bats: L
Throws: R
Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

SUMMARY: He has a good catching frame with the potential to be a very durable backstop. Also a good athlete, he makes good contact and has the strength to drive the ball to the gaps.

Pos
RHP
Detroit Tigers
Bruce Rondon
Player: Bruce Rondon
Height: 6-3
Weight: 265
Hometown: Valencia, VE
Position: RP
Bats: R
Throws: R
Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

SUMMARY: A hard-throwing reliever, Rondon uses a mammoth body to help generate upper-90s velocity that has regularly touched triple digits. He still has work to do on his breaking ball to give hitters another look. His pure ceiling sits in the closer realm but is dependent on him maintaining his control and improving his command.

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