Replaced by former D-back in Chicago, Castillo finds place in Arizona
Already with his third team this season, catcher Welington Castillo may have finally found his place with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s ironic because he started the season having been replaced at catcher by the Chicago Cubs with Miguel Montero -- formerly of the D-backs. He’s made his way to Arizona via Seattle where he spent a couple of weeks before being acquired by the D-backs in the Mark Trumbo deal.
Ever since Tuffy Gosewisch went down to injury, the D-backs have been looking for their everyday catcher. According to The Arizona Republic, D-backs manager Chip Hale said that Castillo would get two out of every there starts over Jarrod Saltalamacchia. While Saltalamacchia may be better offensively, the Republic notes that Diamondbacks starters have been pitching better with Castillo behind the plate:
Castillo was behind the plate for the D-backs’ two shutouts in San Francisco over the weekend and Monday night’s win in Anaheim.
(h/t The Arizona Republic)
Castillo had posted positive Wins Above Replacement numbers his two years starting in Chicago, and has helped Arizona's pitchers post a 3.27 ERA in 52 1/3 innings behind the plate. The Diamondbacks' staff has a 5.05 mark in 73 innings with Saltalamacchia.