Even though he’s really one of the cornerstones of the Chicago Cubs‘ future, Welington Castillo is rarely talked about in the same regard as current Cubs Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, or even prospects like Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler. However, he’s just as important to the Cubs’ future as any of those players, if not more so. That is simply because the team has plenty of infield and outfield prospects, and thus the best will win out in the end. However, they have very few options behind Castillo as the starting catcher, so he will have to be good for the Cubs to succeed.
He has flown under the radar so far in his career, even though he had a very solid season in 2013, batting .274 with a .349 on-base percentage. Not many people outside of Chicago know who he is, but if he can duplicate his performance from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies earlier today, then he could become a household name.
Castillo sent his first home run of the season into the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field today. By “into the bleachers,” I mean he barely missed putting it onto Sheffield Avenue. It was an absolute shot and could be a sign of things to come for Castillo. The young back stop hit just eight home runs last season, but he has already shown in Spring Training and the season so far that he may have developed a little more pop in his bat.
He did hit 23 doubles last season, so he was just missing some hits. If he can turn some of those into long balls, there’s no reason to think he can’t hit 15-20 home runs this season. That would definitely be encouraging to a team that has so many other power hitters coming up through the organization.