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Welington Castillo
Birthdate: 4/24/1987 (29 y, 11 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/200     Position: C
Contract: $6M / 1 Years (2017) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Castillo, whose WBC team was eliminated from the tournament over the weekend, is expected to play in a Grapefruit League game in this week, MASN Sports reports. (3/21/2017)
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Profile: Welington Castillo is an interesting quantity, because he's not particularly good defensively, but he provides decent value as an offensive catcher. He recorded a career high in plate appearances, with 457, that featured his highest on-base rate since 2013, with a .322 on-base percentage. There's some pop to be had there, with 14 home runs to follow up a 19 homer 2015. His strikeout rate was predictably high, at 26.5%, but he did manage to increase his walk rate ever so slightly, bumping that figure up to 7.2%. One major positive was his ability to make solid contact. His Hard% came in at 39.8%, which not only represented a career high but was tops among catchers with at least 450 plate appearances. That followed up a campaign in which he notched a figure of 38.0%. Unfortunately, he ranked near the bottom of that group in terms of his contact rate, with a 74.5% mark that ranked 12th out of 14 players in that group. At this point, there isn't really a mystery to what Castillo is. As a catcher, he's an above average offensive player. He'll record his strikeouts, but makes strong contact and has enough power to keep him valuable behind the plate. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: Though his defensive struggles are well-documented, Welington Castillo continues to be one of the larger offensive threats at the catching position. His 39.8% hard hit rate and 14 homers continued to drive that point home, making him worth a look behind the dish.

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