Cincinnati Reds: Nick Castellanos signing already paying off

Through10 games Nick Castellanos is already looking like a great deal for the Cincinnati Reds.

Nick Castellanos is absolutely on fire for the Cincinnati Reds so far in this shortened 2020 season. He’s hitting .382 with 5 HRs and a 1.373 OPS through 10 games. Among players with at least 20 plate appearances, he leads the entire MLB in OPS, wOBA,  and wRC+.

It’s pretty fair to say that Nick Castellanos has been the best hitter in the MLB so far in the 2020 season. While it is only a 10 game showing so far, it shows that Castellanos is once again proving his elite ability at the plate.

He won NL Player of the Week last week while hitting .429 with 4 HRs and a 1.595 OPS. He’s simply off to an absolutely crazy hot start. He obviously can’t keep this kind of pace up, but looking deeper into how he’s done so far gives reason to think he truly is established as one of the elite hitters in the game.

He’s not just of to some sort of lucky start and his numbers benefiting from that. He’s simply hitting the ball better and harder than just about anyone else.

Castellanos is in the 92nd percentile in hard-hit %, 95th percentile in barrel %, 99th percentile in xwOBA, and 98th percentile in xSLG. He might not even keep these levels up but these numbers show that this hot start is legit.

Nick Castellanos is a guy I’d keep my eye out for going forward as a fan. He keeps showing improvement as a hitter, and now being a much more of a hitters park in Cincinnati he’s showing what he may be capable of accomplishing.

While the signing is already looking great for the Reds, Castellanos has an opt-out option after each of the next two seasons.  It will be interesting to see if he will opt out and look for more money if he finishes this season strong.

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Either way, the signing is paying off already for both the Cincinnati Reds and Nick Castellanos.

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