Welington Castillo
C BAL
3 days ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo did a fine job on the world stage for the Dominican Republic. He played in all six of the team's tournament games and, although he hit just .182, the catcher did hit a home run and tied for the team lead in RBI (5). Castillo will waste little time jumping back into spring training action as his participation in the tournament cost him valuable time at Orioles camp. The 29-year-old veteran has less than two weeks remaining to get acquainted with his new pitching staff before Opening Day.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 weeks ago

Castillo (neck) played for the Nationals on Sunday after missing last game with a sore neck, Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was never a serious injury for Castillo, and he confirmed that on Sunday as he entered the Nationals' lineup against the Pirates, recording his first hit of the exhibition season in the process. He is still set to play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 weeks ago

Castillo was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore neck, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo reportedly slept wrong and will take day off to recover. The veteran catcher smashed 14 home runs with the Diamondbacks last season and will take over the role left by Matt Wieters in Baltimore. He's still expected to play for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
1 month ago

Castillo will play for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Orioles' new catcher was a surprise inclusion on the Dominican Republic roster that was announced Wednesday. Castillo, who signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with a player option in 2018, must now grow comfortable with the club's pitchers on a shortened timetable. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training early next week, with the first workout on February 14. But Castillo will only have a couple weeks to get acquainted with O's pitchers before leaving for the national team. This development is more likely to have a fantasy impact on the team's pitching staff than it will on Castillo.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
3 months ago

Castillo agreed to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year with the Orioles on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal is worth $6 million in the first year and $7 million for the option year, per Heyman. Castillo will replace Matt Wieters behind the plate for the Orioles after getting non-tendered by the Diamondbacks, moving from one homer-friendly park to another at Camden Yards. The 29-year-old posted solid numbers for a catcher in 2016, slashing .264/.322/.423 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI, but that represented a small downtick in power from his 2015 season. He will also likely see some designated hitter opportunities on days where Caleb Joseph takes over behind the plate.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

The Diamondbacks declined to tender Castillo a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Castillo non-tendered, that leaves Oscar Hernandez and Chris Herrmann as the only catchers on the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster. Castillo might have received close to $6 million through the arbitration process following a 2016 season in which he hit .264/.322/.423. He packs good power for a catcher and is a plus player behind the plate, so he should land comfortably with another organization.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
6 months ago

Castillo is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo will end his 2016 campaign with two consecutive days off, enabling Tuffy Gosewisch to get a turn behind the plate. While the 29-year-old Castillo didn't show quite as much power as the season before, he upped his batting average from .237 to .264 and still finished with respectable totals of 14 homers and 68 RBI in his 457 plate appearances.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
6 months ago

Castillo is out of Saturday's lineup against the Padres, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.

EDGE Analysis

This will be the second time in the last three games that Castillo has been excluded from the lineup. Oscar Hernandez will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
6 months ago

Castillo is out of Thursday's lineup against the Nationals, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

EDGE Analysis

He started the last seven games for the Diamondbacks, but will be replaced behind the dish by Tuffy Gosewisch on Thursday. Castillo mad significant gains in batting average and OBP this season over his 2015 numbers, but his owners likely drafted him with hopes of him replicating the 19 homers he hit last year, so the fact that he only has 14 long balls on the season comes as something of a disappointment.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
6 months ago

Castillo is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

The Diamondbacks have been rotating catchers recently to keep everyone fresh, so Castillo will take the night off Tuesday. Tuffy Gosewisch will slot in behind the dish in his stead.