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Castillo vs. the St. Louis Cardinals
|Chicago Cubs – No. 5|
April 24, 1987 |
San Isidro, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 11, 2010 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through September 3, 2014)
|Runs batted in||98|
Welington Andres Castillo (born April 24, 1987), nicknamed "Beef", is a Dominican professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Following small stints with the Cubs from 2010–12, Castillo broke out in the 2013 season. Advanced metrics have praised his defensive skill, with Fangraphs ranking him as the fifth-best defensive catcher of 2013.
Castillo was signed as an amateur free agent in 2004.
Castillo began his professional career in 2006, playing for the AZL Cubs (seven games) and Boise Hawks (three games), hitting .188. In 2007, he hit .271 with 11 home runs and 44 runs batted in (RBIs) for the Peoria Chiefs. He split 2008 between the Daytona Cubs (33 games), Tennessee Smokies (57 games) and Iowa Cubs (one game), hitting .287 with four home runs in 91 games. With the Smokies again in 2009, Castillo's average dropped to .232, however he hit 11 home runs with 32 RBIs.
He began 2010 with the Iowa Cubs and hit .255 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI with them. Castillo spent most of 2011 with Iowa, hitting .286 with 15 home runs in 61 games, but he also played two games with the AZL Cubs and 12 games with Daytona, hitting a combined .287 with 16 home runs. In the minors, he hit .268 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 49 games split between Iowa and the Tennessee Smokies.
He was called up to Chicago on August 10, 2010 and spent seven games in the major leagues, hitting .300 with a home run, four doubles and five RBI. Castillo also played in four games with Chicago, from May 12–25 while Geovany Soto was on the disabled list (DL). In those games, Castillo hit .154 in 13 at-bats.
On April 28, 2012, Castillo was recalled from Iowa after back-up catcher Steve Clevenger was placed on the DL. He was hitting .320 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 16 games at Iowa. He played 52 games at the major league level, hitting .265 with five home runs and 22 RBI.
Castillo played in 113 games in 2013, hitting .274/.349/.397 with eight home runs.
- Arguello, John. Chicago Now http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2012/08/cubs-may-have-found-their-long-term-catcher-in-welington-castillo/
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)