Welington Castillo
Welington Castillo
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago White Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
At 30 years old, Castillo reached new full-season highs in home runs, batting average and slugging. He leaned on Camden Yards for 13 of his 20 homers and much of his offense overall (.387 wOBA at Oriole Park, compared to .297 elsewhere), but Castillo's hard-hit rate of 39.0 percent for the season was good for second among catchers with at least 350 plate appearances. In fact, Castillo holds the same rank in that category across the last three seasons, which explains his BABIPs of .337 and .336 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Castillo could come close to a repeat with similar opportunity to last year's, which will likely be afforded to him after he signed with the White Sox. Plus, Chicago may bat him in the middle of the order as often as Baltimore did. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the White Sox in December of 2017. Contract includes a $8 million team option for 2020.
Not starting Tuesday
CChicago White Sox
September 18, 2018
Castillo is not in the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland.
Castillo had a two-hit performance Sunday against Baltimore but is still hitting just .156 over nine games since returning from his suspension. Omar Narvaez will start behind the plate.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .866 270 32 15 42 1 .297 .348 .518
Since 2016vs Right .722 709 66 25 94 1 .256 .305 .418
2018vs Left .701 45 4 2 3 0 .244 .311 .390
2018vs Right .688 112 9 4 12 0 .243 .277 .411
2017vs Left .937 98 11 6 18 0 .344 .367 .570
2017vs Right .767 267 33 14 35 0 .258 .307 .460
2016vs Left .868 127 17 7 21 1 .278 .346 .522
2016vs Right .698 330 24 7 47 1 .259 .312 .385
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OPS at Home
Since 2016Home .814 505 53 24 74 2 .278 .335 .479
Since 2016Away .707 474 45 16 62 0 .257 .297 .410
2018Home .702 83 6 3 10 0 .263 .289 .413
2018Away .681 74 7 3 5 0 .221 .284 .397
2017Home .929 188 23 13 27 0 .304 .356 .573
2017Away .694 177 21 7 26 0 .259 .288 .406
2016Home .762 234 24 8 37 2 .262 .333 .429
2016Away .727 223 17 6 31 0 .267 .309 .417
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How does Welington Castillo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Castillo put together a solid if unspectacular season for the Diamondbacks in 2016. The 14 home runs were the second most in a season for his career, and the 68 RBI were a new career high. Fantasy owners were probably hoping for even more in the power department after Castillo blasted six home runs in April, but his pace cooled. Castillo will replace Matt Wieters behind the plate in Baltimore after signing with the Orioles. He may also see some designated hitter opportunities on days where Caleb Joseph takes over behind the plate.
Acquired via a June trade with Seattle, Castillo excelled in half a season with the Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old catcher slugged 17 home runs and compiled 50 RBI in 303 plate appearances over 80 games with Arizona. For the season, Castillo finished with a total of 19 home runs and 57 RBI, both career highs. Castillo posted an .813 OPS with the Diamondbacks, though his career mark of .730 suggests some regression might be coming in 2016. Still, Castillo should be an above-average fantasy catching option next year. He hit 13 home runs in 2014, suggesting he is a safe bet to hit double-digit homers going forward as long as he is starting four or five days per week. Manager Chip Hale said in December that Castillo has earned the starting catching job to begin the year based on his strong performance from 2015.
With just John Baker and Rafael Lopez behind him on the depth chart, Castillo didn't have to do much to earn the majority of innings at catcher in 2014. However, once his high BABIP came down to earth last year, his shortcomings came into focus. A 26:102 BB:K ratio was the worst of his short career, though he also had a career-best 13 home runs. If he remains with the Cubs, he'll fall into a backup role following the addition of Miguel Montero. If he gets a chance to start elsewhere, Castillo needs to develop a more patient eye at the plate, and avoid the injuries that have dogged him to this point in his career.
Despite a knee injury that prematurely ended his season and the surprising performance of Dioner Navarro, Castillo sits alone atop the Cubs' depth chart at catcher. Eight home runs and a .274 batting average give Castillo above-average fantasy value at a thin position, and his numbers in the minors indicate he can probably keep it up. As long as his recuperation from September knee surgery goes well, expect him behind the plate on Opening Day.
Castillo took over as the team's starting catcher after the Geovany Soto trade and did not disappoint, posting a .265/.337/.418 line in 170 at-bats as a 25-year-old. That followed up three straight .800-plus-OPS campaigns at Triple-A from 2010-2012. Castillo is also a solid defensive catcher, so he should get a shot to establish himself in 2013. Once the proven major league producers are off the board, Castillo is worth a look.
Known for his defense, Castillo put together a strong season at Triple-A, slashing .286/.351/.524 in 227 Triple-A at-bats. Keep in mind he did that as a 24-year-old, so he's not considered an upper-echelon prospect. Unless the team elects to move Geovany Soto - due a decent raise in arbitration - Castillo likely to fill a backup role at best. He's worth a look in two-catcher NL-only leagues, as he did show some signs of offensive life, unlike most backstops.
Castillo is a good defensive catcher with some pop in his bat, but lacks plate discipline and on-base skills. He played well in a brief September callup last year, and should compete for a job backing up Geovany Soto. That said, the team tendered Koyie Hill a contract in December, so Castillo could begin the year at Triple-A.
Castillo is a whiz with the glove and does have a little pop, but his plate discipline and on-base skills are lacking. He'll start the season at Triple-A and could eventually push Koyie Hill for the backup catcher job.
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Out again Friday
CChicago White Sox
September 14, 2018
Castillo is not starting Friday against Baltimore.
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Day off Wednesday
CChicago White Sox
September 12, 2018
Castillo is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
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Claiming starting role
CChicago White Sox
September 11, 2018
Castillo is in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
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Needs more at-bats
CChicago White Sox
September 10, 2018
Castillo went 0-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Angels and is 2-for-19 since his return from an 80-game suspension.
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Makes third consecutive start
CChicago White Sox
September 6, 2018
Castillo went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Tigers.
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