Pedro Castellanos looks like a man who should hit home runs. A lot of home runs.
Tall and angular, he seems like the kind of guy who would fit right in with the modern launch-angle craze. Leverage that ball. Hit it in the air. Put some backspin on it. Watch it fly.
Add in the fact that he’s a first baseman, and surely that means he’s here to strike out a ton and hit majestic bombs, no?
Castellanos is a big, tall contact hitter. And a good one.
Entering Saturday’s game at Carolina, Castellanos owned a .313 career average in four seasons as a pro. That includes a .290 mark this season, which ranks third on the team behind Jarren Duran and Ryan Fitzgerald among players with at least 150 at-bats.
When Salem broke a 10-game losing streak on Thursday night, Castellanos went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. It was the 20th multi-hit performance in 54 games this season for the Venezuelan, who signed with Boston in 2015.
And yet he has only one home run.
MLB.com, which ranks Castellanos as the No. 25 prospect in the Red Sox system, notes that he “has good leverage in his 6-foot-3 frame and shows power in batting practice, though he has yet to do so often in games because his right-handed stroke is fairly flat.”
Soxprospects.com agrees, assessing that he “will put on a show in BP, but power has so far failed to translate in game action.”
Maybe the in-game power will come. Only 21, Castellanos has time to develop that.
But for now, he’s a contact hitter. And a good one.