Wilkin Castillo

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Wilkin Castillo
Toros de Tijuana
Catcher
Born: (1984-06-01) June 1, 1984 (age 30)
Bani, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2008 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Batting average .314
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 2
Teams

Wilkin Castillo (born June 1, 1984 in Baní, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican professional baseball catcher, who plays for the Vaqueros Laguna.

Castillo is a switch hitting utility player. In the minor leagues, Castillo has played virtually every position except pitcher.

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Castillo was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 2007, he played for the Double-A Mobile BayBears. In 109 games, he had a .302 batting average. His contract was purchased by the Diamondbacks on November 20, 2007. In 2008, he was named the 14th-best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization.[1]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On August 14, 2008, Castillo was sent to the Cincinnati Reds as a part of the Adam Dunn trade, which took place August 11. On September 1, he was called up to the Majors and he made his debut the following day against the Pittsburgh Pirates, flying out to left in his one at-bat as a pinch hitter. His first hit was on September 3, a single to right field off T. J. Beam of the Pirates, also as a pinch hitter. He played in 18 games in 2008, with 9 hits in 32 at-bats for a .281 average.

He began the 2009 season with the Triple-A Louisville Bats after failing to earn a spot on the Reds' roster.[2] On June 20, he was called up to the Reds and appeared in 4 games with 2 hits in 3 at-bats.

He played in a total of 22 games with the Reds over the two seasons, with 11 hits in 35 at-bats for a .314 average.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Following the 2010 season, Castillo became a minor league free agent. He signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Atlanta Braves.[3] He spent the season with the AAA Gwinnett Braves, hitting .262/.285/.366 with 5 HR and 37 RBI in 80 games.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On December 16, 2011, Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies and played in AAA for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, hitting .253/.273/.365 with 4 HR and 34 RBI in 74 games.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On November 21, 2012, Castillo signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[4] The Dodgers released him at the end of spring training.

Vaqueros Laguna[edit]

On May 24, 2013, Castillo was signed to the Mexican League Triple-A Vaqueros Laguna team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball America (2009). Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2009. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America Inc. p. 15. 
  2. ^ Reds Send Bailey to the Minors SI.com, April 5, 2009
  3. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101129&content_id=16225434&vkey=affililiate&c_id=atl
  4. ^ Axisa, Mike (November 21, 2012). "Minor Moves: Athletics, Nationals, Dodgers". MLB Trade Rumors. 

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