Welington Castillo
Welington Castillo
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Washington Nationals
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Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Before the 2019 season, Castillo was labeled by some as a potential value at a wasteland position. However, the 32-year-old hit just .209/.267/.417 in 72 games as he split time at catcher. Castillo struggled with plate discipline, recording a 29.5 K% with a 0.22 BB/K as his swinging-strike rate rose to 11.7%, his highest rate since 2011. Given Castillo's prolonged slump -- essentially extending over the past two seasons -- he's likely in line for a reduction in playing time in 2020, assuming he's able to find a big-league deal to begin with. Keep in mind Castillo allowed 30 stolen bases compared to only seven runners caught stealing in 2019. Not only does Castillo have playing-time question marks, his skills baseline has eroded. What we're left with is a low-end option, even in deep two-catcher leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals in January of 2020.
Moves to restricted list
CWashington Nationals
Opt Out
July 22, 2020
The Nationals placed Castillo (opt out) on the restricted list July 4.
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Washington made the transaction official one day after manager Dave Martinez told the media that Castillo became the third player to sit out the 60-game season. Castillo joined the Nationals in January on a one-year deal, so he'll head to the open market at the conclusion of the 2020 campaign.
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .708 143 11 4 17 0 .246 .308 .400
Since 2018vs Right .688 289 25 14 39 1 .222 .270 .419
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2019vs Left .684 90 6 2 14 0 .222 .289 .395
2019vs Right .684 161 13 10 27 0 .201 .255 .430
2018vs Left .748 53 5 2 3 0 .286 .340 .408
2018vs Right .694 128 12 4 12 1 .248 .289 .405
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Since 2018Away .738 213 19 10 25 0 .239 .291 .447
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2019Away .768 130 11 7 20 0 .246 .285 .484
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Castillo notched a .774 OPS and six home runs over his first 116 plate appearances last year before serving an 80-game PED suspension, and his return was delayed due to right shoulder inflammation. A quiet finish (.571 OPS in 16 games) might hide his ability to break out of an erratic mid-to-low-end catcher pool -- more like cesspool. Displaying weak plate discipline (career 6.8 BB%, 25.2 K%), he must rely on quality contact for high batting averages relative to the position. Castillo was a Statcast sleeper in 2017, with 43.7% of his batted balls being 95-plus mph. From 2014 to 2018, Beef Welington lived up to his nickname, ranking among the top 10 backstops with 72 homers, and he boasts a .304/.353/.518 slash with 15 homers against left-handers since the start of 2016. Even if shaky defense limits his playing time, the 32-year-old could turn a profit on a low-cost investment, especially if he can at least occasionally bat in the middle of the order.
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.
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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Sitting out 2020
CWashington Nationals
Personal
July 3, 2020
Manager Dave Martinez announced Friday that Castillo has opted out of the 2020 season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Back behind plate
CWashington Nationals
March 7, 2020
Castillo (shoulder) is in the lineup for Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Dealing with sore shoulder
CWashington Nationals
Shoulder
February 22, 2020
Castillo is dealing with a sore right shoulder, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
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Signs minors deal with Nationals
CWashington Nationals
January 24, 2020
Castillo signed with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Becomes free agent
CFree Agent
October 31, 2019
Castillo was traded Thursday to the Rangers, who will decline his club option for 2020 and make him a free agent.
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