Nick Castellanos had a strong start for Phillies
Dynamic Statistic #2: Nick Castellanos was one of nine players in April with at least 30 hits and eight doubles. The tall and lanky right fielder displayed through his production at the plate that he is a man on a mission this season. His mission is to gain his hitting powers back as one of the better right-handed hitters in all of baseball. Castellanos looked like the guy who basically implied that he has a degree in hitting baseballs. All April, Castellanos has improved his concentration when hitting by keeping his bat in the zone longer. This technique along with his long frame and hitting talent already has proven beneficial for the second-year Phillie.
Castellanos was in an 11-way tie for the fifth most in the MLB at nine doubles. The Phillie was tied with White Sox first baseman Andrew Vaughn, Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Pirates first baseman Carlos Santana, Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds, Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez, Cubs left fielder Ian Happ, Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Red Sox center fielder Jarren Duran, Guardians designated hitter Josh Bell, and Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. Castellanos has tied with Mike Trout yet again in the hits department as both players had 33 in April.
Dynamic Statistic #3: Nick Castellanos was third on the team in walks with 13 of them. The Phillies’ collective great eye at the plate was hindered in April due to absences of Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins, both ranked in the top five out of qualifying players for the Phillies in 2022. Kyle Schwarber was the leader of the team with 86 walks. I say all that to say that Castellanos’ newfound patient approach at the plate has paid off in April. And if it isn’t broke then he and/or Kevin Long should not try to fix it.
Castellanos has been know for the entirety of his career as a free-swinger. A player that lives or dies with confidence at the plate. I understand how nice and healthy it is to indulge in this year’s team but Castellanos bad habits still loom over from last season. The repeated chasing of sliders down and away and not keeping his bat in the zone for long enough are the two main bad habits. This year Castellanos has corrected all of that. The right fielder is digging in and testing pitchers to throw more strikes since his eye for seeing off-speed pitches has improved. Nick Castellanos’ drawing more walks than normal is a nice cherry on top of how he’s hit the baseball in April.