Nick Castellanos Fitting In Well With Cubs

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Known for making astute moves to fortify their teams at the trade deadline through the years, the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer regime appears to have done just that again for their Cubs this season.

The Cubs' addition of outfielder Nick Castellanos is paying early dividends, as he has fit in well and strengthened their lineup. Castellanos is hitting .400 (10-of-25) with five doubles, one homer, three RBIs and five runs in six games. He has posted an early 1.143 OPS and .423 on-base percentage in Chicago.

The Cubs acquired Castellanos from the Tigers in exchange for two minor league pitchers just before minutes before the 3 p.m. CT trade deadline on July 31.

"I love the guy's approach," manager Joe Maddon said. "Nick has that very solid inside-out swing he takes. He uses the power alleys and is a doubles machine."

Castellanos leads MLB with 42 doubles, including two in the Cubs' ugly 11-4 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday evening. He has sparked his new club, and the Cubs have energized Castellanos as well. He has shown a genuine appreciation of being moved from a Tigers team with the worst record in baseball to a contender with championship aspirations.

"I gave credit to all of my new teammates for making me feel at home from the start here," Castellanos said. "We have been playing good baseball -- at least here at home. When you have a bunch of guys going out and having fun, playing that backyard pick up kind of baseball, it is just a good time."

Castellanos has fit well in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and he's been a quality baserunner who has played solid defense as well. 

"He just puts balls in the gaps and down the lines," Maddon said. "It is beautiful to watch. He plays with a lot of energy, and he really likes playing baseball."

Castellanos has been awestruck at times playing in front of a vibrant environment and packed house at Wrigley Field.

"This place is just incredible," Castellanos said. "The more I talk about it, the more I will be doing it an injustice. I will leave it at incredible."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.