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Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 210 lb. Born: April 24, 1987 in San Isidro, Distrito Nacional, D.R.
Signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 2004.
The Cubs signed Welington Castillo as a free agent in 2004. He first appeared professionally in 2006 in the Arizona Rookie League followed by the Northwest League with Short Season Boise. He spent the entire 2007 season with Class-A Peoria, where he posted a .271/.334/.423 line for the Chiefs with 11 homers and 44 RBI. He advanced in a hurry in 2008, spending time with Daytona, Tennessee and Iowa during that season. He was back in Tennessee in 2009 and after a slow start, Castillo got hot before getting the promotion to Triple-A once again. Eventually, the right-handed hitting backstop made his MLB debut on August 11, 2010. Wely went 6-for-20 with 4 doubles and a homer to close out the season. He began 2011 nursing an injury as the DH in Daytona before getting called up to Iowa. He joined the ML roster once again after a groin injury sidelined Geovany Soto and has since been sent back to Iowa. Castillo was ranked as high as 4th a few years ago among Cubs prospects, according to Baseball America. In 2011, Castillo battled a pair of leg injuries that limited him to 75 games. In 61 games with Iowa, he hit .286 with 15 homers. Prior to the 2012 season, miCubs rated him the #8 prospect in the Cubs system.
Here's the prospect writeup for Wely:
"The verdict is still out on whether Castillo is a backup or everyday catcher. He has all the tools to become the latter, but unfortunately, a lot of people in and around the Cubs system aren’t quite sure he possesses all the intangibles to start 120+ games behind the plate. His game-calling and staff handling still need some works. However, despite a poor caught stealing percentage last year, he is equipped with a very strong throwing arm and had another strong year offensively in 2011. In 61 games (he missed significant time on two occasions with injuries) for Triple-A Iowa, Castillo had a .286/.351/.524/.875 mark with 15 homers and 35 RBI. He could be the backup to Geovany Soto in 2012, but the Cubs may opt to give him everyday playing time with the I-Cubs."