- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 220 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/24/1987 (32)
The Washington Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with catcher Welington Castillo on Friday. Castillo will receive a non-roster invite to spring training. The 32-year-old (33 in April) hit a disappointing .209/.267/.417 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in just 72 games for the White Sox in 2019. There won't be much fantasy value to be had here in D.C., however, as he's third on the catching depth chart behind Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes. Castillo can be avoided unless you're in a deep NL-only league in which you start two backstops.
The Texas Rangers acquired catcher Welington Castillo and international slot compensation from the White Sox on Thursday in exchange for minor league infielder/outfielder Jonah McReynolds. Castillo had a tough year with the Pale Hose, hitting .209/.267/.417 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 230 at-bats as the backup in Chicago. His best year came in 2017 with the Orioles when he hit .282 and slugged a career-high 20 home runs, but that's likely his high-water mark in the big leagues. Texas isn't guaranteed to keep Castillo around in 2020.
Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo led the way in Thursday's 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, as he finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. This was a breakout game for Castillo, who had struggled over his last 10 games with a .176 average that dropped his season average to .199. Owners should monitor his next few starts closely, but this could be a sign of good things to come and he could end up being a decent value in daily leagues going forward.