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Welington Castillo | Catcher | #7

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CHC
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Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.
They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley. Dec 3 - 2:23 PM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays, as well as other clubs, have expressed interest in Welington Castillo.

Castillo was a surprising non-tender by the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to land himself a multi-year deal in free agency. Given the struggles of the Rays' trio of catchers in 2016 (Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson), Castillo would represent a significant upgrade in terms of offense.
Dec 3 - 11:09 AM

Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market.
Dec 2 - 7:16 PM

Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday due to a sore shoulder.

It's the second straight game he's sat out, as Castillo has taken a bunch of foul tips of late. Tuffy Gosewisch is catching Sunday.
Oct 2 - 1:25 PM

Welington Castillo rejoined the starting lineup Friday and went 1-for-2 with two walks.

Castillo missed a couple of starts because of quad tightness.
Sep 17 - 1:43 AM

Welington Castillo launched his 13th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Giants on Sunday.

His solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the D'Backs to within a pair at 5-3, but that's as close as they would come. He also delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning, finishing the day 2-for-4 with two RBI. Castillo is now hitting .272/.326/.442 with 13 long balls and 63 RBI on the season.
Sep 11 - 7:36 PM

Welington Castillo has been scratched from the lineup in advance of Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

No word as to whether Castillo has come down injured or if this was simply a last minute switch for game reasons. Chris Herrmann will take his place at catcher and is hitting seventh.
Sep 7 - 8:55 PM

Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

Castillo came through with a two-run single to cap off a four-run fifth inning against Johnny Cueto. The pair of RBI boosted his season total to 56. He is working to a .278/.334/.449 triple-slash across 344 at-bats and has been swinging a molten stick of late, with multi-hit efforts in six of his last 10 games and nine RBI in his last four.
Aug 31 - 1:42 AM

Welington Castillo was the only Diamondback to have a decent night at the plate in Saturday's win, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run.

The team managed only four hits and Castillo snared half of them. Both were singles. He has taken over as the Diamondbacks' primary catcher this season and has fared well. He is batting .272/.324/.442 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI. That looks good compared to most catchers around the league this season.
Aug 20 - 11:50 PM

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart acknowledged Tuesday that there have been internal discussions about a contract extension for catcher Welington Castillo.

Castillo has another year of arbitration eligibility in 2017, so there's no rush to get anything done this season or even this offseason. But it sounds like there is interest from both sides here. Castillo, 29, is batting .264/.314/.441 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 82 games this summer for Arizona.
Aug 16 - 11:49 PM

Welington Castillo went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI as the Diamondbacks topped the Mets 10-6 on Monday.

Castillo was making his first appearance in nine days after a stint away from the team for the birth of his child. He was slumping badly leading up to the absence, and it'd give the Diamondbacks offense a nice lift if he could go back to hitting like he did during the early part of the season.
Aug 16 - 2:08 AM

Diamondbacks activated C Welington Castillo from the bereavement list.

There were some complications following the birth of Castillo's child, but fortunately his wife and baby are doing fine now. He's batting sixth in his return Monday against the Mets.
Aug 15 - 5:46 PM

Diamondbacks transferred C Welington Castillo from the paternity leave list to the bereavement list.

Castillo's wife experienced complications during her pregnancy, although no other details are available. He can be away from the club for an additional 3-7 days.
Aug 12 - 2:53 PM

Diamondbacks placed C Welington Castillo on the paternity leave list.

Castillo can remain on the paternity leave list for 24-72 hours. Oscar Hernandez will take his place on the active roster.
Aug 9 - 1:11 PM

Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Castillo jumped the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 advantage when he launched a three-run homer off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning. Snakes starter Zack Godley immediately counteracted that by allowing three runs of his own in the bottom of the frame, but the Diamondbacks eventually came away with the win regardless. For his part, Castillo is slashing .258/.307/.431 with 11 homers and 34 RBI over 260 at-bats. Those numbers aren't mind-melting by any stretch of the imagination, but he offers a nice bit of pop, particularly for a backstop.
Jul 24 - 5:48 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Herrmann
2Jeff Mathis
3Oscar Hernandez
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Brandon Drury
2Phil Gosselin
3Domingo Leyba
4Ildemaro Vargas
SS1Chris Owings
2Nick Ahmed
3Ketel Marte
4Dawel Lugo
5Jack Reinheimer
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Peter O'Brien
3Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Socrates Brito
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Archie Bradley
4Braden Shipley
5Shelby Miller
6Rubby De La Rosa
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake Barrett
2Randall Delgado
3Enrique Burgos
4Andrew Chafin
5Silvino Bracho
6Patrick Corbin
7Steve Hathaway
8Zack Godley
9Matt Koch
10Jimmie Sherfy