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Welington Castillo | Catcher | #21

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CHC
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Major League Baseball suspended C Welington Castillo for 80 games for performance-enhancing drug use.
Castillo was popped for taking the hormone Erythropoietin, a popular PED in the cycling world. He'll be out until late August and will not be eligible to participate in the 2018 postseason, not that that matters for any White Sox player this year. The 31-year-old catching was slashing .267/.309/466 with six home runs and 15 RBI through 33 games for Chicago. Omar Narvaez will presumably see the large share of the starts behind the plate moving forward. He carries no mixed-league fantasy upside. May 24 - 11:19 AM

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that Welington Castillo will receive an 80-game suspension for violating baseball's joint drug agreement.

Castillo will be suspended for using a performance-enhancing drug, but not a steroid. The story was originally reported by Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101, the same reporter who originally passed along word of Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension. Castillo was hitting .270/.314/.477 with six homers and 15 RBI over 32 games this season for Chicago. He'll be eligible to return in late August, but will not be eligible for the postseason if the White Sox are able to make it, which is highly unlikely. Even more so now.
May 23 - 10:16 PM

Welington Castillo went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the White Sox rallied to beat the Orioles on Tuesday night.

Castillo's RBI single got the White Sox on the board in the eighth inning after Daniel Palka's leadoff triple. The veteran backstop continues to be one of the best offensive options in the league at his position, slashing a healthy .270/.314/.477 with six homers and 15 RBI in his first 118 plate appearances.
May 22 - 11:38 PM

Welington Castillo went 2-for-3 with his sixth home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Castillo took Rangers starter Mike Minor deep in the second inning to get the Sox on the board, and it turned out to be the difference in the game with Reynaldo Lopez putting on a clinic on the other side. Castillo has six homers and 14 RBI in 30 games this year. The veteran backstop is hitting a respectable .260/.306/.471 overall.
May 20 - 5:02 PM

Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

The White Sox were handcuffed by Doug Fister over seven innings, but once he left the game, their bats erupted to the tune of a four-run eighth inning. Castillo came through with the crucial hit of the frame, a two-run single off Kevin Jepsen with two outs to snap a 2-2 tie. The backstop is slashing .250/.301/.448 with five home runs and 10 RBI over the course of 96 at-bats. Castillo's big single not only ended up being the game-winner on Thursday, but also extended his hitting streak to a modest four games. He's picked up knocks in seven of his last eight games.
May 17 - 11:26 PM

Welington Castillo socked a two-run home run and a solo shot in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

Castillo's two-run jack off of Ivan Nova punctuated a four-run first inning and he later added another bomb off of George Kontos. It was the catcher's seventh multi-homer game of his career and now gives him five longballs this season.
May 9 - 12:04 AM

Welington Castillo (abdomen) singled in one of his four plate appearances in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Castillo missed a couple games because of lower abdominal pain but felt well enough to give it a go Saturday. He's batting only .222/.282/.389 so far this season but has popped three home runs.
May 6 - 8:54 AM

Updating an earlier report, Welington Castillo was scratched from Thursday's game against the Twins with lower abdominal pain.

Castillo was a late scratch on Thursday and now we know why. For now, consider him day-to-day. Omar Narvaez is filling in for Castillo behind the plate.
May 3 - 8:23 PM

Welington Castillo has been scratched from Thursday's game against the Twins.

Castillo had been slated to catch for Reynaldo Lopez on Thursday but instead it will be Omar Narvaez behind the slate. The White Sox haven't said the reason for Castillo's scratch, though an update should be forthcoming. Coming off a career best year in Baltimore, Castillo has struggled in his debut season with the Pale Hose, hitting just .221 with three homers and 19 strikeouts in 68 at-bats.
May 3 - 7:01 PM

Welington Castillo (knee) went 1-for-3 with an infield single and a strikeout in his return to action Monday against the Athletics.

Castillo came down with some left knee soreness a week ago, but he's feeling better with some rest. Signed to a two-year, $15 million deal over the winter, Castillo is batting .226/.273/.484 with two home runs and four RBI over 10 games this season.
Apr 17 - 8:37 AM

An MRI on Welington Castillo's knee came back clean.

Unfortunately Castillo said his knee still felt sore following the team's flight to Minnesota and he won't be available for Thursday's series opener. Infielder Tyler Saladino caught a bullpen session on Thursday and will serve as the team's emergency catcher in case something happens to Omar Narvaez.
Apr 12 - 6:20 PM

Welington Castillo (knee) remains out of the White Sox starting lineup Thursday versus the Twins.

Castillo has been sidelined since making an early departure from Tuesday's game against the Rays with discomfort in his right knee. He is still considered day-to-day. Omar Narvaez will start at catcher and bat eighth Thursday night against Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios.
Apr 12 - 2:44 PM

Welington Castillo (knee) is out of the White Sox starting lineup Wednesday versus the Rays.

Castillo made an early exit from Tuesday's game after experiencing soreness in his right knee and is considered day-to-day. Omar Narvaez will start at catcher and bat eighth for the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon against Tampa Bay right-hander Yonny Chirinos.
Apr 11 - 10:38 AM

Welington Castillo exited Tuesday's game against the Rays in the sixth inning with right knee soreness.

Omar Narvaez replaced him as a pinch-hitter. The White Sox are calling Castillo day-to-day.
Apr 10 - 4:40 PM

Welington Castillo was the White Sox offense on Monday, hitting a pair of homers in a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

If he stays healthy, Castillo has a good chance of being a top-10 fantasy catcher this year. He hit 20 homers in just 341 at-bats for the Orioles last year, and he'll likely get to bat in the heart of the White Sox order as long as he remains solid this season.
Apr 2 - 10:08 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Omar Narvaez
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Yoan Moncada
2Jose Rondon
SS1Tim Anderson
3B1Yolmer Sanchez
LF1Nick Delmonico
CF1Adam Engel
2Leury Garcia
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Trayce Thompson
3Daniel Palka
DH1Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Rodon
2James Shields
3Lucas Giolito
4Reynaldo Lopez
5Miguel Gonzalez
6Dylan Covey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Nate Jones
3Luis Avilan
4Danny Farquhar
5Bruce Rondon
6Jace Fry
7Hector Santiago
8Chris Volstad
9Xavier Cedeno
10Juan Minaya