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More family ties: Tigers draft Nick Castellanos’ brother Ryan

For the second time in three seasons, the Detroit Tigers draft a player that is a younger brother of a player currently donning the Olde English D. In 2013, they drafted Ben Verlander, brother of Tigers starter Justin Verlander, out of Old Dominion University, the same school Justin attended. In 2014, third baseman Nick Castellanos officially began his rookie campaign with the Detroit Tigers.

On Tuesday, Detroit would draft another Castellanos to their organization.

Ryan Castellanos was in his junior year at Nova Southeastern University. He transferred from the University of Illinois following the 2014 season. This season, Ryan was 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 97.2 IP. He struck out 61 batters and walked just 17.

Both Ben and Ryan hope to one day become the fourth and fifth pairs of brothers to have played for the Detroit Tigers at least once in their career. The last time was in 2011, after the Tigers acquired outfielder Delmon Young from the Minnesota Twins at the annual trade deadline. Delmon’s older brother, Dmitri Young, played with the Tigers from 2002-’06.

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