Wilkin Castillo

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Wilkin Castillo
New York Yankees – No. 63
Catcher
Born: (1984-06-01) June 1, 1984 (age 32)
Bani, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2008, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average .314
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 2
Teams

Wilkin Castillo (born June 1, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball catcher in the New York Yankees organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds.

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 Triple-A 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 Triple-A 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.

Toros de Tijuana[edit]

On April 1, 2014, Castillo was traded to the Toros de Tijuana. He was released on April 12, 2014.

Broncos de Reynosa[edit]

On May 28, 2014, Castillo signed with the Broncos de Reynosa of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on July 1, 2014.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On January 30, 2015, Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[5] He elected free agency on November 6.[6]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On February 26, 2016, Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, and was assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[7]

New York Yankees[edit]

on January 7, 2017, Castillo signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. [8]

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. 
  5. ^ Todd, Jeff (January 30, 2015). "Minor Moves: Wall, Castillo, Volstad, Burgos, Flores". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ "International League Transactions". milb.com. p. November 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wilkin Castillo Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Yankees' Wilkin Castillo: Inks minor league deal with Yankees". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 

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