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Castillo with the Baltimore Orioles
|Baltimore Orioles – No. 29|
April 24, 1987 |
San Isidro, Dominican Republic
|August 11, 2010, for the Chicago Cubs|
(through April 8, 2017)
|Runs batted in||231|
Welington Andrés Castillo (born April 24, 1987), nicknamed "Beef" after Beef Wellington, is a Dominican professional baseball catcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Castillo was signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 2004.
Castillo began his professional career in 2006, playing for the AZL Cubs (seven games) and Boise Hawks (three games), hitting a combined .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 in 319 at bats.
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.
Castillo was called up by the Cubs on August 10, 2010 and spent seven games in the major leagues, hitting .300 with a home run, four doubles and five RBIs. 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 8 home runs and 32 RBIs.
Castillo was the starting catcher for the Cubs in 2014, playing in 110 games and hitting .237/.296/.389 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.
Castillo signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles on December 16, 2016. The contract includes a $7 million player option for the 2018 season. In his Orioles debut, Castillo went 2 for 4 and collected a double on Opening Day.
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