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7 Welington Castillo C
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 4/24/1987 | Birthplace: San Isidro, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 53/43 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo collects four RBI in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo hit a triple and a home run to help send the D-Backs to a 13-3 win over the Phillies on Monday.

Castillo went 2 for 4 at the plate with four RBI. He hit his 15th home run off the season when he connected off Aaron Harang for a solo shot in the fifth inning.

Prior to his four-RBI game Monday, Castillo was hitting .351 with seven home runs and 10 RBI over his last 11 games (nine starts).


Sizzling Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo blasts off again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2015) The Diamondbacks certainly have no beef with Welington.

That is, new catcher Welington Castillo, who continued to rake Wednesday as a cleanup hitter. Castillo ripped his 13th home run in a win in Washington. It was his 10th since he arrived in Arizona on June 5.

Castillo, who also singled and walked, has 11 hits in his last 28 at-bats with six home runs and eight RBI during that stretch.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo stays on recent power surge


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/3/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo continued his hot hitting in Monday's 6-4 win over the Nationals. Castillo went 1 for 4 in the game, connecting on his 12th home run of the year.

His fourth-inning solo shot gave the D-Backs a 4-0 lead, and it's his fifth home run in his last six games. Castillo is batting .391 with six RBI over those six games, and 10 of his 12 home runs have come since being traded to Arizona in early June. 


Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo plays DH, Jarrod Saltalamacchia catches


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) The Diamondbacks play Houston at an American League park on Saturday, giving them a DH. Catcher Welington Castillo gets a break from the field, playing DH for the first time this year.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will play catcher for 16th time this year and first since July 4.  


D-backs' Welington Castillo burns former team on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Catcher Welington Castillo had a nice day at the plate for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Castillo helped his new club defeat his old club, as the D-Backs beat the Mariners 8-2, as they swept the three-game series.

Castillo, who was a Mariner for less than two weeks, went 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs, both of which came off Felix Hernandez. Castillo launched a two-run homer in the first inning, and added a solo shot in the third.

"I've been working on my approach. I'm thinking middle all the way and looking for my pitch and not trying to miss," Castillo said, per MLB.com. "I'm putting my best swing on it and seeing what happens."

The two longballs give Castillo 10 on the year. It was his second career multi-homer game, with the previous one coming back in 2013. 


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo (elbow) out Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo, who left Monday's game after being hit by a pitch in the elbow, is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Oscar Hernandez will fill in for Castillo on Tuesday, and he will hit out of the eighth spot in the lineup.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo leaves game after HBP


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo left Monday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch in the elbow, according to the Arizona Republic.

Castillo had a hard time moving and bending his elbow after the game.

"It doesn't feel really good right now," Castillo said. "We will see tomorrow."


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo returns to lineup Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo is back in his team's lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

Castillo, who was dealing with a hamstring injury, missed consecutive games on Wednesday and Thursday. He made a brief pinch-hit appearance on Friday, but did not start the game.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo (hamstring) out Thursday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo, who is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring, is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers.

Castillo didn't play on Wednesday against the Marlins. He is hitting.229 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 170 at-bats this season.


D-Backs scratch Welington Castillo from Wednesday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Tightness in his left hamstring caused Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo to be scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Marlins, the team announced. He was replaced by Oscar Hernandez, who will bat eighth.

Castillo is hitting .279 with one home run and three RBI in his last 11 starts.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo homers in victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) Catcher Welington Castillo continued Wednesday to prove himself to be quite a pickup for the Diamondbacks.

Castillo clobbered his seventh home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave his team a 7-2 lead. He also doubled in the game.

He now owns a four-game hitting streak in which he is batting .375 (6-for-16).


Diamondbacks catcher Welingon Castillo hitting his stride


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Things are looking up for Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo. Not that his season could have reached much greater depths.

Castillo is finally receiving significant playing time with Arizona and has responded. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 starts and walked twice in one of the others. The result is an average that has soared from .150 to .213 since June 10 with five doubles and three home runs.

His on-base percentage of .282 is at its highest point since May 7, when he was still playing for the Cubs.


D-Backs C Welington Castillo goes yard in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo blasted a three-run homer in the top of the second inning during Sunday afternoon's 6-4 win over the Padres. 

Castillo's homer gives him six for the season. Castillo finished the day 1 for 4, meaning the homer was his only hit of the game. The three RBI increase Castillo's season total to 18. 

Castillo now has a slash line of .200/.260/.400. 


Welington Castillo homers, drives in two for Diamondbacks


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo went 1 for 3 with a walk. He extended his hitting streak to four games and has driven in at least one run in each. 

Castillo hit his fifth home run and reached 12 RBI on the year. 


D-Backs C Welington Castillo hits homer in win over Angels


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo blasted a solo home run in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Angels. 

Castillo's home run gives him four for the year. He finished the game against the Angels 2 for 4. He now holds a slash line of .189/.248/.347.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo hits go-ahead homer in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Newly acquired catcher Welington Castillo is already paying dividends for the Diamondbacks. He hit a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning to lift his team over the Mets 2-0 on Saturday.

"That was fantastic," D-backs manager Chip Hale said, per MLB.com. "We know this guy can hit, he just needs the at-bats, needs to get comfortable. He picked a good time to hit his first home run for us."

The two-run blast came off of Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who was unblemished prior to that.

"Bartolo Colon is a guy that throws a lot of sinkers," Castillo said. "He's a groundball guy and he keeps the ball down and I saw on that one that he left it a little bit up and middle in and that was the pitch to hit and I hit it out."

Castillo, who came to Arizona this week in a trade from the Mariners, bounced back from a four strikeout performance in his debut with the Diamondbacks on Friday with what turned out to be the game-winning home run on Saturday.

Castillo went 1 for 2 on the night, bringing his batting average to .162 in 74 at-bats this season.


C Welington Castillo makes Diamondbacks debut Friday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Catcher Welington Castillo, who came to the Diamondbacks as part of this week's Mark Trumbo trade with the Mariners, will make his Arizona debut Friday against the Mets, hitting seventh in the lineup. 

Castillo, one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, will try to aid a D-Backs staff that's 13th in the NL in ERA. Castillo is hitting just .162 in 68 at-bats over 30 games this season with three different teams. 


D-Backs unsure how to split time between Castillo, Saltalamacchia


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale told reporters that he's still uncertain how he'll split up the workload behind the plate between Welington Castillo and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, per the Arizona Republic.

"Is it three out of five, is it every other day? I don't know right now," Hale said. "I think they'll sort of play their way into it."

Castillo was acquired by the Diamondbacks from Seattle in a six-player trade that involved Mark Trumbo. Arizona will be the third team he's played for this season. After starting more than 100 games in 2013 and 2014, the 28-year-old catcher has had only 12 starts between the Cubs and the Mariners this season.

"It's hard because it's new," Castillo said. "Everything happening to me now is new. I've never been in this role."

Saltalamacchia signed a minor-league deal with Arizona in May and was promoted to the majors from Triple-A in late May. He has five hits in his first 19 at-bats with the Diamondbacks this season, including a home run on Thursday.


Diamondbacks add Welington Castillo to catcher rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Welington Castillo is on the move again after the Diamondbacks acquired him in a six-player trade Wednesday that sent Mark Trumbo to the Mariners. Castillo was acquired by Seattle in a May 19 trade with the Cubs.

Arizona was looking for some help at catcher after losing Tuffy Gosewisch to a torn ACL. Jordan Pacheco and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have handled the catching duties since Gosewisch got hurt last week.

"Not that Salty's not the answer, but we really wanted to address that area. [Jake] Lamb's going to be coming off the disabled list pretty soon, so it's just going to create more of a logjam for us," Arizona general manager Dave Stewart said, per ESPN.com. "With Yasmany [Tomas] swinging the bat as well as he is, it created a situation where we really needed to open up some space for him."


Diamondbacks trade Mark Trumbo to Mariners in six-player deal


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) The Mariners have acquired outfielder Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno from the Diamondbacks for catcher Welington Castillo, pitcher Dominic Leone, infielder Jack Reinheimer and outfielder Gabby Guerrero.  

Trumbo is hitting .259/.299/.506 this season. Trumbo figures to add power to a Seattle lineup that has been about average this year as the Mariners have a collective .395 slugging percentage.

"You look where we're at offensively and we're not doing exactly what I thought we'd do or what most people thought we'd do, and Trumbo is a guy that brings an awful lot to the table," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said, per MLB.com. "He's a big power hitter that will bat somewhere in the middle of the lineup and will be very good insurance for the ballclub." 

Late last week, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported the Diamondbacks were potentially interested in dealing Trumbo, who has nine home runs and 23 RBI this season. 

Zduriencik said Trumbo can play either corner-outfield spot, as well as designated hitter and first base.

"We'll have a rotation system where he'll get his ABs along with Nelson Cruz and the other corner players," Zduriencik said. "That will still unfold. More than anything else, to bring the bat to this organization is what we're desiring to do."


Mariners' Welington Castillo in, Mike Zunino out Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Mariners catcher Welington Castillo is starting over Mike Zunino in Sunday's matchup with the Indians.

It'll be Castillo's fourth start since joining the Mariners, with whom he's 2 for 15 with two RBI. Zunino is getting a break after going 3 for 14 while starting four straight games.

The Mariners are a coin flip (-105) with the Indians on Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Robinson Cano moves from second to DH for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Robinson Cano gets a day off from the field on Sunday for the first time this season. After starting the first 42 games for the Mariners at second base, Cano is in the lineup as DH. 

Brad Miller replaces Cano at second base, batting leadoff. 

"He played second in spring training quite a bit," McClendon said to The News Tribune. "If you can play short, you can play second. Is he the greatest second baseman in the world? No. But he'll make the plays. He'll be fine."

The Mariners also started Welington Castillo at catcher for the second time this year, giving Mike Zunino a rest. 


Mariners include Mike Zunino, Welington Castillo in Friday's lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Mariners are starting both of their catchers Friday night against Toronto. Manager Lloyd McClendon gave Mike Zunino the nod behind the plate. He will hit ninth in the order.

Newly-acquired catcher Welington Castillo will make his second start of the season -- this time as a designated hitter. He remains in the sixth-hole.

Seattle is favored (-149) against Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, per VegasInsider.com.


Welington Castillo to make his Mariner debut on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Newly-acquired catcher Welington Castillo is in the Mariners' starting lineup for the first time this season. He will bat sixth, replacing Mike Zunino in the lineup Thursday afternoon against Baltimore.

Castillo hit .163 with five RBI in 43 at-bats this season with the Cubs.

Seattle is an underdog (+105) at Camden Yards, per VegasInsider.com.


Mariners' McClendon says Welington Castillo will start Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Mariners manager Llyod McClendon has said that newly-acquired catcher Welington Castillo will make his first start as a Mariner in Thursday's series-finale against the Orioles, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. 

Castillo was acquired by the Mariners from the Cubs on Tuesday. He is still expected to be the backup to Mike Zunino, who is starting in Wednesday's game. But with Thursday's game being a day game, McClendon will take the opportunity to give Castillo the nod behind the dish.

"Obviously, he gives us a lot more depth within organization," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "From that perspective, it's a pretty good darn baseball move. To think how physical and tough catching is, and the number of catchers that have gone down this year. If something were to happen to Zunino, I don't think we had the depth in our minor-league system to perform at this level."