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Welington Andrés Castillo (born April 24, 1987), nicknamed "Beef" after Beef Wellington, is a Dominican professional baseball catcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Baltimore Orioles.

Baseball career

Castillo was signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 2004.

Minors

Castillo began his professional career in 2006, playing for the AZL Cubs (seven games) and Boise Hawks (three games), hitting a combined .188. [14] In 2007, he hit .271 with 11 home runs and 44 runs batted in (RBIs) for the Peoria Chiefs. [14] He split 2008 between the Daytona Cubs (33 games), Tennessee Smokies (57 games) and Iowa Cubs (one game), hitting .287 with four home runs in 91 games. [14] With the Smokies again in 2009, Castillo's average dropped to .232, however he hit 11 home runs with 32 RBIs in 319 at bats. [14]

He began 2010 with the Iowa Cubs and hit .255 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI with them. Castillo spent most of 2011 with Iowa, hitting .286 with 15 home runs in 61 games, but he also played two games with the AZL Cubs and 12 games with Daytona, hitting a combined .287 with 16 home runs. In the minors, he hit .268 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 49 games split between Iowa and the Tennessee Smokies.

Majors

Chicago Cubs

Castillo was called up by the Cubs on August 10, 2010 and spent seven games in the major leagues, hitting .300 with a home run, four doubles and five RBIs. Castillo also played in four games with Chicago, from May 12–25 while Geovany Soto was on the disabled list (DL). In those games, Castillo hit .154 in 13 at bats.

On April 28, 2012, Castillo was recalled from Iowa after back-up catcher Steve Clevenger was placed on the DL. He was hitting .320 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 16 games at Iowa. He played 52 games at the major league level, hitting .265 with five home runs and 22 RBI.

Castillo played in 113 games in 2013, hitting .274/.349/.397 with 8 home runs and 32 RBIs.

Castillo was the starting catcher for the Cubs in 2014, playing in 110 games and hitting .237/.296/.389 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.

ESPN in December reported speculation that Castillo could be traded prior to the 2015 season, as the Cubs were expected to start newly acquired catcher Miguel Montero. [4]

Seattle Mariners

On May 19, 2015, Castillo was traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitcher Yoervis Medina. [3]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On June 3, 2015, the Mariners traded Castillo, Dominic Leone, Gabby Guerrero, and Jack Reinheimer to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuño. [14]

Baltimore Orioles

Castillo signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles on December 16, 2016. The contract includes a $7 million player option for the 2018 season. [15] In his Orioles debut, Castillo went 2 for 4 and collected a double on Opening Day. He drove in his first run as an Oriole on April 8, in a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees. His first home run with the team came on April 28, in a 14-11 loss to the Yankees. in the month of April, Castillo played in 17 games for the Orioles, slashing .314/.333/.443 with six doubles, a home run and six RBIs.

On May 2, Castillo was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis. He returned to the Orioles on May 16, where he collected three hits and a pair of RBIs. He would collect three hits a piece in each of his next two games, extending his streak of games with three hits to four. He became the first catcher since 1974 to do so and just the third catcher since 1913 to accomplish the feat. In a May 19 game against the Blue Jays, Castillo hit his first home run at Camden Yards as a member of the Orioles. He would later hit a two-run home run in the tenth inning of the same game to walk it off for the Orioles. This streak ended the next night, however, he hit a go-ahead, game-winning three-run home run in the seventh inning to lead to Orioles to a 7-5 victory. It gave Castillo an RBI in six consecutive games and extended his overall hit streak to nine games.

Castillo was again placed on the 10-day DL on May 31 after taking a deflected pitch in the groin area. He was activated off the DL on June 10 and was immediately slotted back into the Orioles' starting lineup. On June 14, Castillo hit his first career grand slam off former Oriole Miguel González, giving the Orioles an 8-5 lead over the White Sox and helping the Orioles end a six-game skid. He also collected a career-high five RBIs during the game.

Chicago White Sox

On December 1, 2017, Castillo signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. The contract includes a $8 million option for the 2020 season. [16]

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