When Triple-A Toledo was ousted from International League playoff contention, it didn't necessarily mean that Tigers top prospect Nick Castellanos was doomed to go without postseason play in 2013.
The 21-year-old outfielder was called up to the Major Leagues at the end of the Triple-A season and, while he's gotten some playing time as a September callup, it looks like he won't get a chance to test his postseason mettle.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLB.com on Saturday that Castellanos was unlikely to appear on the team's playoff roster.
"I think the best way to put it with him right now is to get his feet wet a little bit, give him a shot once in a while," Leyland said. "I would say that he'd come into Spring Training next year with an opportunity to make this club. I'm assuming he'll get an opportunity to make the team next spring.
"Off the top of my head, without etching anything in stone, I would say if we get in, I think that would be unlikely that he would be on the [playoff] roster."
Entering Saturday night, Castellanos had seen action in eight big league games, going 3-for-13 with three singles.
Selected 44th overall in the 2010 Draft, Castellanos batted .276 with 18 homers, 76 RBIs and a .793 OPS in 134 games with the Mud Hens this season. He was getting his first taste of Triple-A after splitting 2012 between Class A Advanced Lakeland and Double-A Erie.
Leyland said Saturday that Castellanos may see a few more at-bats down the stretch, but with the team as currently constructed, the outfielder was unlikely to see more than sparse action as Detroit concludes its postseason push.
"Right now, you kind of just pick your spots," the skipper said. "He's not going to play much right now, to be honest with you."