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Welington Castillo | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Welington Castillo clobbered a three-run homer on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 victory over the Padres in San Diego.
The second inning blast off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne put the D'Backs ahead, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .200/.260/.400 with six long balls and 18 RBI on the season. Jun 28 - 9:44 PM

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Welington Castillo homered and walked as the Diamondbacks beat the Mets 2-1 on Saturday.

Castillo's homer off Bartolo Colon in the seventh supplied both runs. It was his first hit as a member of the Diamondbacks. In his previous start Thursday, he struck out all four times he was up against the Mets.
Jun 7 - 1:54 AM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Thursday that he's yet to decide how he'll divvy up the playing time at catcher between Welington Castillo and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia homered on Thursday off of Matt Harvey, but Castillo, who was acquired via trade on Wednesday, will be behind the plate on Friday. "Is it three out of five, is it every other day? I don't know right now," Hale said. "I think they'll sort of play their way into it." The two are pretty similar players, but Castillo might ultimately be favored since he's under team control through 2017 and Salty is just under contract for this year at the veteran minimum.
Jun 5 - 9:16 AM

Diamondbacks acquired C Welington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone, INF Jack Reinheimer and OF Gabby Guerrero from the Mariners for OF Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno.

Castillo should step in and start right away after the loss of Tuffy Gosewisch in Arizona. The Diamondbacks expressed some interest in the 28-year-old this offseason before the Cubs dealt him to the Mariners last month. Castillo has had a slow start at the dish but should be added in NL-only and deep two-catcher leagues for his decent bat.
Jun 3 - 7:41 PM

Welington Castillo is making his Mariners debut on Thursday afternoon against the Orioles.

Mike Zunino will take a seat. Castillo was acquired from the Cubs earlier this week for right-hander Yoervis Medina.
May 21 - 9:47 AM

Mariners acquired C Welington Castillo from the Cubs for RHP Yoervis Medina.

Castillo was basically a third catcher in Chicago this season, but he'll now serve as Mike Zunino's backup in Seattle. We don't see it moving the needle significantly as far as his fantasy value is concerned, but the chance for additional at-bats is there. He's making $2.1 million this season and remains under team control through 2017.
May 19 - 11:04 AM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Mariners have acquired catcher Welington Castillo from the Cubs.

No word on who will be headed back to the Cubs. Castillo has functioned as a backup this season after the addition of Miguel Montero, but he could see some more at-bats with the move to Seattle. Mike Zunino is very good behind the plate, but he's batting just .179/.241/.358 through 35 games this season. He'll be useful depth at the very least.
May 19 - 9:18 AM

Welington Castillo brought in the winning run in the top of the ninth inning in Tuesday's comeback win against the Pirates.

Castillo, who went 2-for-5, belted a solo home run in the eighth inning to reduce the Cubs' deficit to 8-6. After the Cubs tied the game at 8-8 in the ninth, Castillo brought in the go-ahead run with a ground out to second base against closer Mark Melancon. Castillo only has 17 plate appearances under his belt, but has two home runs and five RBI already. If the Cubs manage to trade Castillo during the season, his fantasy value will expand greatly as he's currently #3 on the Cubs' catching depth chart.
Apr 21 - 10:36 PM

Welington Castillo hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run against the Reds on Tuesday.

With the Cubs down three runs in the eighth inning, Castillo took Kevin Gregg deep with a runner on to make it a one-run game. The homer was his first of the year. Castillo is the Cubs' third catcher -- he has just six at-bats thus far -- and the team would still surely like to deal him elsewhere, Tuesday's blast aside.
Apr 14 - 11:20 PM

The Cubs are considering carrying Welington Castillo as their third catcher.

Castillo was the team’s starting catcher the last two seasons, but they added Miguel Montero and David Ross over the winter. Given that Castillo is out of options, it’s not a surprise to hear the Cubs saying they’re thinking of keeping him on the roster, as he would be scooped up quickly on waivers. It remains possible that he’s traded somewhere where he can play more.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Mar 17 - 10:57 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are still actively looking to trade Welington Castillo.

It's no secret that Castillo is being shopped, as there is no room for the 27-year-old backstop on the roster after acquiring Miguel Montero and David Ross over the offseason. Barring an injury to one of the other catchers during spring training, it's a near certainty that Castillo will be donning a new jersey come Opening Day.
Feb 20 - 11:49 PM

CSN Chicago's David Kaplan expects the Cubs to have traded Welington Castillo before spring training opens in mid-February.

Kaplan lists the Phillies, among others, as having interest in the 27-year-old. Despite being a decent backstop, the Cubs likely won't get much for Castillo after trying to trade him for close to a month.
Feb 4 - 11:21 PM

Cubs and C Welington Castillo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

It's a sizable raise for the backstop in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Castillo is currently without a job after the Cubs traded for Miguel Montero and signed David Ross. He'd be best off getting dealt elsewhere.
Jan 16 - 11:01 AM

The Diamondbacks have had discussions about acquiring Welington Castillo from the Cubs.

The Cubs were hesitant to discuss Castillo during the discussions leading up to the Miguel Montero trade, but have opened up to the idea in recent weeks. If the Diamondbacks are unable to acquire a catcher, they'll head into the season with only Tuffy Gosewisch and Oscar Hernandez behind the plate.
Jan 10 - 10:04 AM

The Cubs continue to let teams know Welington Castillo is available for trade, sources tell Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com.

The acquisition of Miguel Montero and the signing of David Ross have effectively ended Castillo's time in Chicago. The backstop batted .237 with a .686 OPS last season but is a year removed from hitting .274/.349/.397 as the Cubs' primary catcher. Murray lists the Rangers and Diamondbacks as two possible suitors for the 27-year-old, saying the "buzz" is that the Rangers have been targeting him in trade talks recently. Castillo is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
Jan 7 - 7:03 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Oscar Hernandez
4Gerald Laird
5Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Chris Owings
2Aaron Hill
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1David Peralta
2Ender Inciarte
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1Yasmany Tomas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Patrick Corbin
2Chase Anderson
3Rubby De La Rosa
4Jeremy Hellickson
5Archie Bradley
6Robbie Ray
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Ziegler
2Daniel Hudson
3Enrique Burgos
4David Hernandez
5Oliver Perez
6Randall Delgado
7Andrew Chafin
8Josh Collmenter