Free Agent Profile & Prediction #3: Welington Castillo

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 15: Welington Castillo of the Chicago White Sox hits the game-winning, two run home run in the 8th inning against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 15, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The White Sox defeated the Royals 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After sitting out the 2020 season for the Washington Nationals, Castillo re-enters free agency as a 33 going on 34 year old. The power hitting catcher spent the previous two seasons in 2018 and 2019 with the Chicago White Sox as a backup catcher and DH, totaling 121 games played combined between the two seasons. In those two seasons, Castillo managed to average a .234/.286/.412 slash, with an .698 OPS. A bit of a drop off from his time in Arizona in 2015-2016, where he averaged a .779 OPS as an above average power hitting catcher.

Castillo does sport an above average arm behind the plate, in 2018 he averaged a 1.97 pop time, which put him tied for 13th among all catchers, and sported a 30 percent caught stealing percentage, which was just above the league average at 28 percent. On the other side of the position, he is horrendous at fielding his position, with -25 DRS combined between the last three seasons

Moving forward, Castillo should not be a starting catcher option, but instead fill in at the position and get some at bats in a DH role on a team in desperate need of one. It is still possible to see a bounce back from the power hitting Castillo.

I believe these teams have the highest likelihood of signing Castillo moving forward in free agency: Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Welington Castillo signs a 1 yr/2.5 million dollar with the Detroit Tigers

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .246/.317/.446 .763 OPS 10 HR 41 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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