5 things to know about newest Chicago Cub Nick Castellanos

Nick Castellanos is the newest Chicago Cub outfielder. [Image via Keith Allison/Flickr]
Nick Castellanos is the newest Chicago Cub outfielder. [Image via Keith Allison/Flickr]

The Cubs big trade deadline acquisition is expected to be a boon to the offense.

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The Chicago Cubs acquired a new outfielder on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Castellanos might have been one of the biggest targets at the trade deadline thanks to his ability to hit and his desire to get out of Detroit. Chicago Cubs fans will have just a few hours to learn about him before he likely suits up for his new team against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.


He absolutely destroys lefties

The Cubs have had a problem hitting lefties this summer. The team has said, more than once, they want to get a player that can help with that. Castellanos fits that bill. You might have heard that already but the degree to which he's doing it is quite impressive. This season he's hitting .347/.415/.611 (166 wRC+) against southpaws. No Cub comes close to those numbers.


He's got more power than you think

While Castellanos only has 11 home runs this seasons, that's a drop from what he's done most of his career. Last year, his best in the majors, he hit 298/.354/.500 (130 wRC+) with 23 home runs. The outfielder himself has blamed Detroit's home field, Comerica Park for sapping his power. Wrigley, in the middle of the summer can be a launching pad by contrast.

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