Nick Castellanos has been a Chicago Cub for eight days and he’s already boosting the Cubs closer to where they need to be with the post season looming on the horizon. The outfielder has been outstanding for the team both at the plate and in the field. Castellanos has had a booming bat and been a consistent outfielder for the Cubs while their pitchers battle injury.
In his first 7 games with the Cubs, Castellanos had 29 at bats that resulted in 11 hits, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, and achieved a batting average of .379. Castellanos has had 6 doubles as well. His on-base percentage (OBP) was .400 mixed with a .690 slugging percentage (SLG) adding up to a 1.090 OPS.
In the field, Castellanos had played 52 innings while jumping between left and right field. In just 7 games he has a league fielding percentage of .980 and a WAR of 1.5.
Castellanos flipped a switch on August 8th and went beast mode.
In the Cubs’ 12-5 victory over the Reds, Castellanos (appearing in his 8th game as a Cub) had 4 at bats and collected 2 home runs, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, only 1 strike out and an OPS of .831.
Castellanos has been amazing in these first 8 games and fitting in well at the number 2 spot. Cubs Manager, Joe Maddon praised Castellanos by saying:
“He just puts balls in the gaps and down the lines. It is beautiful to watch. He plays with a lot of energy, and he really likes playing baseball.” (x)
Should this vicious injury bug stay away from him, he’s going to be an absolute shining star for the Cubs. The team has had its battles this season and they’re going to be fighting harder as the regular season draws to a close and the chance at playoff redemption becomes imminent. With Castellanos, I think the Cubs will be in a good spot.
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