Willi Castro
Willi Castro
23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Detroit Tigers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
We've been spoiled by some elite prospects this decade. Now when a prospect struggles initially, we have a tendency to label the player as one thing and mostly write them off. Let's give Castro another shot before we put him out of our collective consciousness. At 22 years old, Castro hit over .300 at Triple-A with 11 homers and 17 steals in 21 attempts. He struck out 21% of the time at that level, but that number jumped to north of 30% in the majors and he recorded only one barrel among 68 batted-ball events. Given the batted-ball numbers, it's reasonable to be skeptical about Castro hitting for the kinds of averages we saw on the farm, but Castro's average sprint speed ranked in the 86th percentile and opportunity should be there on a rebuilding Tigers club. He will compete for a starting role in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018. Traded to the Tigers in July of 2018.
Sent to alternate camp site
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 23, 2020
The Tigers optioned Castro to their alternate camp site in Toledo on Thursday.
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Castro was previously optioned to Toledo in March, but he received a second chance to make a bid for the Opening Day roster after baseball's four-month hiatus. He ultimately fell short in his bid for an infield job with Detroit, as the team elected to go with Niko Goodrum and Jordy Mercer as its primary options at shortstop.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
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+31%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .768 22 4 1 3 0 .250 .318 .450
Since 2018vs Right .588 88 6 0 5 0 .225 .276 .313
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .768 22 4 1 3 0 .250 .318 .450
2019vs Right .588 88 6 0 5 0 .225 .276 .313
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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+70%
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+70%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .744 66 8 1 5 0 .279 .318 .426
Since 2018Away .438 44 2 0 3 0 .154 .233 .205
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .744 66 8 1 5 0 .279 .318 .426
2019Away .438 44 2 0 3 0 .154 .233 .205
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The first half of 2018 was a disappointment, but Castro turned it on after a deadline trade to the Tigers, posting a robust 155 wRC+ in 26 games with Double-A Erie to earn a promotion to Triple-A to close out his age-21 season. Castro does not project to provide a lot of category juice -- he's topped out with 11 home runs and 20 steals, the latter being a generous reflection of his speed. However, he has displayed decent bat-to-ball ability for his age, with his strikeout rate never exceeding 21.9% over a meaningful sample. There's also at least some hope for more power as he matures and fills out his 6-foot-1 frame. Detroit brought in Jordy Mercer as a stopgap at shortstop and Niko Goodrum is seemingly locked in at second base for the time being, so it's difficult to imagine we see Castro debut in 2019. If he builds on his late run at Triple-A, we could see Castro early on in 2020.
Last season was Castro's first year in pro ball as an above-league-average hitter (115 wRC+), but the breakout at High-A in his age-20 season looks legitimate. His 11 homers topped his career total entering the year (10 in 236 games), but his 8.3 percent HR/FB was not alarming, and it simply looks like a young player naturally growing into some pop. He has 64 career steals, but with just slightly above-average speed and a career 66.7 percent success rate, it would be foolish to expect him to steal more than 10 or 12 bases annually in his early years in the majors. Castro cut his pull rate from 50 percent at Low-A to 43.7 percent at High-A, and considering he excels at making contact (17.6 percent strikeout rate), he should be able to continue to hit for fairly high batting averages in the upper levels. He could stick at shortstop, but will likely eventually move to second base or center field if he remains with the Indians.
A switch-hitting shortstop from Puerto Rico, Castro held his own as a 19-year-old at Low-A. Perhaps predictably, he struggled at times to make contact. Castro hit .259 with a .283 OBP in 123 games. He fanned 96 times while drawing just 16 walks. Still, Castro showed an intriguing power/speed combination, smacking seven home runs while swiping 16 bases. The potential for double-digit home runs and stolen bases for a 19-year-old at a middle infield position makes him a prospect to watch. He is built in the same mold as current Indians superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, though nobody is saying Castro has anywhere near that kind of ceiling. He must refine his approach and exercise more patience at the dish. Castro should start the 2017 campaign at High-A.
Castro, 18, offers a hit-over-power with a little speed offensive profile at shortstop. At 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, there is room to project a tad more power down the road, but batting average, runs, and steals will be the foundation of his fantasy value. He slashed .264/.304/.330 with one home run and 20 steals (on 27 attempts) in 67 games in the New York-Penn League, where the average player was more than three years his senior. His 10.3% K-rate also demonstrates an advanced ability to make contact, although the fact that he has never posted a BABIP over .295 suggests that contact is often weak. While shortstops with Castro’s profile, such as Erick Aybar, are useful once they reach the big leagues, his lack of double-digit home run power and an ETA of at least 2019 makes him difficult to roster in most formats.
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Part of 60-man pool
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 4, 2020
Castro is among 12 infielders in the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.
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Sent to Toledo
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 26, 2020
Castro was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
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Aims to improve defensive mechanics
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 22, 2020
Castro worked on his defensive mechanics over the winter in an effort to stick at shortstop in the majors, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Sits for evening game
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 28, 2019
Castro is not in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Records three hits against Twins
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 26, 2019
Castro went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-4 loss to the Twins.
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