Welington Castillo, Catcher, Baltimore Orioles, #29
Date of Birth: 4/24/1987
Birthplace: San Isidro, Dominican Republic
Current Salary: $6,000,000
Welington Castillo, catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, was first signed by the Chicago Cubs in 2004. He played in the minor leagues from 2006 through 2012, ending his minor league career with a .265 batting average.
From 2010 through 2012, Castillo played in just 63 games with the Cubs. In 2013, he played in 113 games with them and he batted .274 with 104 hits and 23 doubles. As a catcher, he made 730 putouts and 10 errors with a .988 fielding percentage in 113 games.
Castillo finished the 2014 season with 90 hits, 19 doubles, 46 RBIs, and a .237 batting average in 110 games. His defense behind the plate was impressive, catching players trying to steal 32.9% of the time and having a .993 fielding percentage.
On May 19, 2015, Castillo was traded to the Seattle Mariners. He was traded again on June 3rd, this time to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished the 2015 season with 81 hits, 15 doubles, 19 home runs, 57 RBIs, and a .237 batting average in 24 games with the Cubs, 6 games with the Mariners, and 80 games with the Diamondbacks. As a catcher in 88 games, he made 35 assists, 606 putouts, and 7 errors. He caught players trying to steal 25% of the time and he had a .989 fielding percentage.
Castillo batted .264 in 113 games with the Diamondbacks in 2016. He finished the season with career highs in hits (110), doubles (24), and RBIs (68). Defensively, as the Diamondbacks' catcher in 107 games, he made 72 assists, 799 putouts, and 7 errors. He had a .992 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 37.5% of the time.
Castillo became a free agent on December 2, 2016. He signed a one-year contract with the Orioles on December 16, 2016. The contract includes a player option for 2018.
Career batting statistics for Castillo through 2016 include:
- 509 games played
- 438 hits
- 96 doubles
- 230 RBIs
- 474 strikeouts to 136 walks
- .255 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Castillo as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 470 games played
- 314 assists
- 3,313 putouts
- 39 errors
- .312 caught stealing percentage
- .989 fielding percentage