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5 Welington Castillo C
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 4/24/1987 | Birthplace: San Isidro, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs' Castillo hoping to earn more playing time after pinch-hit HR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo made the best out of his limited role with a two-run, pinch-hit home run in a 3-2 loss to the Reds on Tuesday. Castillo has two hits in his first six at-bats. He remains hopeful that his success at the plate will eventually lead to more playing time, per the Chicago Tribune.

"I know he doesn't like it," manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't want him to like it, actually. He's really good. That's what I felt all along.

"His last three pinch hits, the ball has been hit hard every time and had some big knocks. But it indicates how good of a player he can be, given an opportunity."


Welington Castillo's two-run pinch-hit HR not enough in Cubs' loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/15/2015) Welington Castillo provided all the entire Cubs' offense on Tuesday, connecting for a two-run pinch hit home run off Reds reliever Kevin Gregg.

The Cubs came up short, falling 3-2.




Cubs' Castillo doesn't change approach despite being third catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Cubs had a different starting catcher for the third time in three games to open the season Friday against the Rockies, as Welington Castillo drew his first start. 

Although Castillo is now third on the catcher's depth chart behind Miguel Montero and David Ross, his approach hasn't changed.

"I came into the season with my mind ready like I’m going to play every day," Castillo said, per the Chicago Tribune. "That’s my mindset, even though I’m not playing. That’s how my mind is.

"I just got to be ready for whenever they want me to play or how they want me to use me."

Although there is no indication a deal is pending, there is the possibility the Cubs could trade Castillo.

"Sure, anything can happen," Castillo said. "This is a business, so I’m just here to play and win games, whatever they need me to do or if they're going to trade me or if something happens."


Cubs' Welington Castillo to open season as No. 3 catcher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo has made the team's initial 25-man roster and will open the season as the backup to Miguel Montero and David Ross, MLB.com reports.

"I told him, I think he's a major-league catcher, we think he's a major-league catcher," manager Joe Maddon said. "Obviously, it's going to be more difficult to be slotted in than he'd like to be right now. There's a lot of opportunity in the latter part of the game, whether it's pinch-running for somebody else or pinch-hitting, and beyond that getting him some starts. ... Of course, somebody will get injured -- it always happens -- so be ready. He's still young. He's the kind of guy I don't think we want to lose. That's a premium position to find. You don't shake a tree and find a good catcher. We have three good catchers here and that's really nice."

Castillo has hit .257/.333/.514 with two home runs in 35 at-bats this spring.


Cubs' Epstein doesn't expect to deal C Welington Castillo this spring


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/30/2015) The Cubs have received inquiries this spring on their backup catcher Welington Castillo but team president Theo Epstein said he does not expect to trade him prior to Opening Day, reports MLB.com.

“We don’t think it’s a high likelihood we’ll make a move outside of this camp,” Epstein said. “We think we have a lot of answers here in camp and as we look forward into the season with what we have at Triple-A, it’s pretty good.”

Along with Castillo, the Cubs are likely to break camp with catchers Miguel Montero and David Ross.

Castillo is hitting .281 this spring with two home runs and seven RBI in 32 at-bats.

Cubs may keep Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Cubs general manager Theo Epstein is considering breaking camp with three catchers on the roster. 

Epstein said that the team is "leaning toward" keeping Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo, per ESPN's Jesse Rogers. He added that manager Joe Maddon is "pounding the table for three catchers." 


Cubs may carry Welington Castillo as third catcher


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon loves how catcher Welington Castillo has performed so far this spring. So much so, Maddon gushed over how he handled a situation with pitcher Jon Lester Monday.

"Think about Welly's tools," Maddon said to MLB.com. "He's a premier thrower, premier -- one of the best out there right now. Furthermore, there's always the threat of injury. What is probably the most difficult spots in all of baseball to find somebody you like? I would say catching is among the most difficult."

Maddon wouldn't go as far as to say Castillo will make the team as the third catcher, but is thinking about it.

"I'm not saying Welly is on the team," Maddon said, "but you have to think that way as you're putting the whole thing together. If you're trying to find Welington Castillo in mid-April, you ain't going to find him unless you've got him," Maddon said.


Cubs' Maddon proud Lester did not blame catcher for bad outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester had his worst outing of the spring thus far Monday against the Padres, yielding six runs on seven hits (two home runs) in 3 1/3 innings. It was his first game working with catcher Welington Castillo, who tried to take the blame for Lester's poor outing but the veteran pitcher wouldn't have it.

"I was so proud of Jon Lester," manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday morning, per ESPN. "Lester would not permit [catcher] Welington Castillo to take blame for any of his shortcomings yesterday.

"It was so refreshing and good. This is so awesome, that your guy is that accountable and that your guy gets it. He probably elevated Welington so much from that conversation. I could not be more proud of a player on my team than I was yesterday."

Lester had tossed five scoreless innings in his first two spring starts, allowing four hits and no walks.

"Wely came in a couple times in the dugout and apologized for some stuff, and I don't know what he was getting at," Lester said. "I'm the one chucking the ball, he's not. When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter who you have back there, you're the one trying to execute the pitches, and I flat out did not execute the pitches."


Cubs taking wait-and-see approach on Welington Castillo's future


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Although Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is on the trade block and could be dealt before opening day, manager Joe Maddon told reporters that he's going to let the Castillo rumors play out before he decides whether he'll break camp with three catchers, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

"Let's just play it (out)," Maddon said. "Let's get him ready. He's really good. I really mean it. I like Castillo a lot. He's really opened up also in talking to guys and among the group, which is really nice to hear. There's a lot of good stuff going on there."


Cubs considering keeping three catchers on roster


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cubs general manager Theo Epstein believes in Welington Castillo, but he's not sure if it'll be with Chicago. 

Epstein said Saturday Castillo will be on a major league roster this season. "Keeping three catchers is something we are contemplating," Epstein said, according to 670thescore.com.

Castillo is competing with Miguel Montero and David Ross at catcher after hitting .237 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 380 plate appearances in 2014.


Cubs' plan for Castillo remains cloudy as spring training approaches


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo has heard all the rumors. He knows the team has been looking to find a trade partner to send him out of town. But he also knows it's nothing he can control.

"My plan was to come to spring training, keep working hard like I always do, trying to get better," Castillo said to the Chicago Sun-Times, "and just let the front office do their job. I can’t control it."

Castillo hit .237 in 380 at-bats in 2014 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. New manager Joe Maddon said he likes Castillo, but things are still in flux.

"The team has not been set. A lot of things can happen between Feb. 20 and the start of the baseball season," Maddon said. "I’ve talked to the guy. I really like the guy. He’s very good. He’s an interesting player. He’s young. There’s a really high ceiling for this guy. So right now when we meet with Welington we’re just going to talk about the positive stuff and let’s just do spring training and see how it all plays out."


Report: Phillies have interest in Cubs C Welington Castillo


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) The Phillies are one of a few teams with interest in trading for Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, CSNChicago.com reports.

According to the report, the Cubs could deal the now-backup catcher before they head to Arizona for spring training later this month. Castillo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5-million deal in January. He hit .237/.296/.389 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 380 at-bats.


Cubs not impressed with trade talks regarding Welington Castillo


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday he has had no compelling trade discussions regarding catcher Welington Castillo, according to the Chicago Daily Herald. Castillo has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Cubs acquired Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks.

The Cubs avoided arbitration with Castillo, agreeing to a $2.1 million salary for 2015. Castillo hit .237 with a career-best 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 110 games last season.


Cubs avoid arbitration with Welington Castillo


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Cubs have agreed to a $2.1 million deal with catcher Welington Castillo, avoiding arbitration for 2015, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He hit .237 with 13 homers and 46 RBI last season.

Diamondbacks have had trouble dealing for a catcher


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Diamondbacks haven't been happy with the cost of acquiring a catcher in a trade, according to the Arizona Republic.

We've not made a whole lot of headway in that area yet," general manager Dave Stewart said. "Without really giving up something that's going to cost us a player that we don't want to give away." Arizona dealt starter Miguel Montero to the Cubs in December, and the team is set to open the season with the unproven Tuffy Gosewisch behind the dish.

The club has been in contact with the Cubs regarding Welington Castillo, but nothing has materialized yet. Stewart said rival clubs are asking for Arizona's "top guys" in exchange for a catcher. 


Cubs tender eight arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cubs tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline. Those players included: Pitchers Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan,  third baseman Luis Valbuena, reliever Pedro Strop, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, pitcher Felix Doubront and catcher Welington Castillo.

Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis WoodJake ArrietaJohn BakerWelington CastilloChris CoghlanFelix DoubrontJustin RuggianoPedro StropLuis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

Welington Castillo returns from rib injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) After missing Saturday's game with a rib injury, catcher Welington Castillo was back in the Cubs' starting lineup for Sunday's contest against the Dodgers. Castillo sustained the injury in Friday's game.

Welington Castillo out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

Castillo left Friday's game in the first inning with a rib injury. He has hit .238/.299/.382 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 361 at-bats.


Welington Castillo leaves game with rib injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo left Friday's game with a rib injury.

Castillo was pulled in the bottom of the first inning, and did not receive a plate appearance. He was replaced by Rafael Lopez. 


Welington Castillo returns to lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is in his team's starting lineup for Saturday's Game 2 against the Pirates.

Castillo was expected to return Saturday after missing Friday's game with lower back tightness. He has hit .234/.293/.386 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI in 329 at-bats.


Welington Castillo expected back Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is expected to return to the lineup for the second game of Saturday's pseudo-doubleheader, according to MLB.com.

Castillo was sidelined Friday due to lower back tightness, in a game that was suspended by rain, but he should be back in the lineup for the regularly scheduled action Saturday. 


Welington Castillo out Friday with back problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo has been scratched from the Friday lineup against Pittsburgh with lower back tightness. He is considered day-to-day.

Castillo is on a 5-for-12 mini-streak that followed a 1-for-20 slide.


Welington Castillo swats 11th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 4-2 win over the Brewers Monday.

Castillo put his team on the board with an RBI single in the second inning and followed it up with a two-run blast in the fourth. He was just 1 for 20 in his last six games before Monday's win. Castillo has hit .231/.291/.380 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 321 at-bats.


Welington Castillo slugs ninth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-3 loss to the Mets Saturday.

Castillo put his team on the board with his fifth-inning shot, which was his second home run in the month. He has hit .240/.305/.389 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 283 at-bats.