PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ryan Castellanos, the brother of Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, was brilliant in his debut and the West Michigan Whitecaps beat the Lake County Captains Sunday.
The Whitecaps beat the Captains 3-1.
Castellanos struck out four in six innings at Fifth Third Ballpark and allowed only one earned run.
“He showed me what he showed me in spring,” Whitecaps Manager Andrew Graham said of Castellanos. “Obviously, he pitched for me a couple times in the spring. He’s a strike thrower, good tempo. Nothing that will overpower you, but he goes straight after hitters. He was efficient today and he kept them off balance with his changeup. He used his curveball and he commanded his fastball. That’s why he had success.”
Castellanos just came to Grand Rapids from the Connecticut Tigers, a Class A Short-Season affiliate in the New York-Penn League.
“I don’t have any of my stuff. These are not my shoes. I wasn’t using my glove. I wasn’t using anything. I don’t even know where my bags are,” Castellanos said, laughing, after Sunday’s game. “But I’m in the process of figuring that out so hopefully I can get it all back. You know, having Whitecaps fans, I’ve heard all about them. I’ve been here before when Nick used to play here, so it was something special definitely to be able to pitch here. The crowd didn’t disappoint. It’s an awesome atmosphere.”
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The Whitecaps play the Captains again Monday evening at Fifth Third Ballpark.