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35 Welington Castillo C
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 4/24/1987 | Birthplace: San Isidro, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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."


Mariners to activate Welington Castillo, option Jesus Sucre


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) The Mariners will activate catcher Welington Castillo on Tuesday and option Jesus Sucre to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, according to The Seattle Times.

Castillo was acquired by Seattle on Monday in a trade with Chicago. He is hitting .163 with five RBI in 43 at-bats this season.


Mariners' Lloyd McClendon on trade: 'Mike Zunino is our catcher'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Despite Tuesday's acquisition of Welington Castillo, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed on MLB Network Radio that Mike Zunino is still the team's starting catcher.

Zunino has struggled offensively thus far in 2015, as he is sporting a meager .179 batting average with five home runs. He showed some signs of a life with a two-homer game last week, but he has just two hits in his 14 at-bats since then. 

Worthy of note, current reserve catcher Jesus Sucre is also not producing at the plate, as his batting average is below .100 in 15 at-bats this year.


Cubs trade Welington Castillo to Mariners for Yoervis Medina


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) The Cubs have traded catcher Welington Castillo to the Mariners in exchange for pitcher Yoervis Medina, the team announced on Tuesday.

Castillo has served as the Cubs' No. 3 catcher this season, hitting .163/.234/.349 with two home runs and five RBI in 43 at-bats. The trade leaves the Cubs with Miguel Montero and David Ross behind the plate.

"He has the ability to hit, and he's got power," general manager Jack Zduriencik said, per MLB.com. "He has a very good throwing arm and is a good [pitch] blocker. He has a nice skill set. There are those that debate whether he could have been a starting catcher at this level. I think we're getting someone with ability, and we'll see how he fits in with our club."

Castillo will join the Mariners, where No. 1 catcher Mike Zunino has hit .179/.241/.358 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 106 at-bats. Backup Jesus Sucre is just 1 for 15 in six games.

"I don't think anybody is comfortable with having enough pitching," Zduriencik said, per MLB.com. "But catching at the major-league level is a very challenging position. It's difficult to get through the season with one or two catchers. We've been fortunate to have a healthy Mike Zunino, but a couple years ago, he was out six weeks with a broken hamate. It's a position on the field where if you can add depth, it's in your best interest to do it."

Medina, who will report to Triple-A Iowa, has made 12 appearances in his third season in the majors, posting a 3.00 ERA and 9:7 K:BB ratio in 12 innings. He struck out more than one batter per inning in each of the last two seasons while posting ERAs under 3.00 in each.


Cubs C Welington Castillo gets another start on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is in the starting lineup for Friday's matinee against the Pirates. This will be Castillo's first back-to-back starts this season. Castillo started Thursday's game against the Mets and went hitless in three at-bats.

With the Cubs facing a left-hander for the second day in a row, manager Joe Maddon opted to keep Miguel Montero on the bench, despite the fact that Montero is 3 for 8 against lefties this season.

David Ross, who pinch-hit and stayed in to catch on Thursday, left the game with abdominal tightness, and likely isn't available for Friday's game.


Riding six-game hit streak, Cubs C Miguel Montero sits Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, who had started three straight behind the dish, was given the night off on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Montero has been heating up lately, as he is riding a six-game hitting streak heading into Tuesday's game. But manager Joe Maddon will opt to give him a rest with left-hander Tyler Lyons on the mound for St. Louis.

Welington Castillo , who hasn't played since April 28, was starting behind the dish on Tuesday.


Third-string catcher David Ross gets start for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cubs third-string catcher David Ross got a rare start in Friday's game at Cincinnati. Ross was listed seventh in the order, getting just his fourth start of the season, matching the total of Welington Castillo. Miguel Montero has eight starts behind the plate. 

The Cubs are -110 money line favorites at Cincinnati. 


Cubs catcher Miguel Montero back in the lineup Wednesdsay


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, the team announced. 

Montero, who has split time with Welington Castillo behind the plate, will make his eighth start and is hitting .172 with two home runs and six RBI in 29 at-bats. The Cubs are currently the underdogs (+103) against Pittsburgh, according to VegasInsider.com.


Welington Castillo homers in Cubs win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 9-8 win over Pittsburgh. 

Castillo also hit a double and went 2 for 5 on the day, raising his average to .250. He drove in two runs, giving him five on the year and went deep for the second time this season.  


Cubs catcher Welington Castillo gets third start Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cubs third-string catcher Welington Castillo drew his third start of the season Tuesday against the Pirates. His history against Francisco Liriano likely played a part in manager Joe Maddon's decision-making.

Castillo has a career .333 (4 for 12) average against the veteran lefty. He also has one home run, two RBI, three walks and five strikeouts.


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.