Willi Castro Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 170 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/24/1997 (24)
Willi Castro Season Stats
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Detroit Tigers middle infielder Willi Castro had a strong offensive game in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, three RBI and a run scored. It was just his second multi-RBI game since mid-June. Castro has had a rough year at the plate. Over 90 games, he's slashing .214/.271/.354 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and 42 runs. It's been a big disappointment after he had a breakout 2020 campaign in which he slashed .349/.381/.550 with 6 home runs, 24 RBI and 21 runs in just 36 games. Castro should remain on waivers in all fantasy leagues at this point.
Detroit Tigers infielder Willi Castro went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in the team's 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday. The home run was Castro's seventh of the year and his first since June 16. Castro was optioned to Triple-A last Friday, then recalled after Isaac Paredes (hip) was placed on the injured list this past week. Castro has started two straight games now. He went 1-for-4 with a triple on Thursday. It's been a disappointing year for Castro, who is slashing .219/.281/.362 over 77 games.
In a series of roster moves on Friday, the Detroit Tigers designated outfielder Nomar Mazara for assignment and optioned infielder Willi Castro to Triple-A Toledo. Outfielder Derek Hill and infielder Isaac Paredes were called up from Toledo in corresponding roster moves. For Mazara, the 26-year-old hasn't been able to recapture his form since leaving Texas two years ago. Mazara averaged over 19 homers and 77 RBI with a .261 batting average in four seasons with the Rangers. In 50 games for the Tigers, Mazara posted three homers, 19 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .212/.276/.321 slash line. For Castro, the demotion comes as a disappointment due to his sleeper status entering 2021. The 24-year-old has six homers, 28 RBI, 34 runs scored and four stolen bases with a .214/.278/.341 line in 280 plate appearances this season compared to six homers, 24 RBI and 21 runs scored with a .349/.381/.550 line in 140 plate appearances in 2020. Both Hill and Paredes are in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Hill could have some value in AL-only leagues if he's able to build on his strong season at Triple-A.
Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro will look to prove himself a fantasy star at shortstop this season after finishing fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2020. Castro stepped into the starting role at short in the second half of the season, as he slashed .349/.381/.550 with a 27.1 percent strikeout rate and 5.0 percent walk rate over 36 games. But it appears he was the beneficiary of some luck at the plate as his .448 BABIP was nearly 100 points higher than his previous career-high, and his 20.7 percent HR/FB rate was the first time in his career he posted a double-digit rate. That being said though, if Castro had finished with marks closer to his .299 xBA and .498 xSLG that would still place him among the top-10 shortstops in those categories. Castro was on pace for a 30-home run performance over a full season last year, and he has shown double-digit steal potential throughout his career in the minors although he has yet to steal a base in the majors. If he can hit even 17 homers with a .290 average and have some of that double-digit steal potential show up in 2021, Castro could be a steal at his current ADP of 237.