Castillo making play to be Cubs catcher of the future

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Cubs fans have been hearing about catching prospect Welington Castillo’s toolset—including pop that could play at the big league level. But he may have reached another level a couple weeks ago.

On June 17, Castillo crushed a soaring homer that cleared Albuquerque’s 40-foot scoreboard, just the second time a player had cleared the giant structure in a game. According to an report, Castillo didn’t see where it had landed and couldn’t say if it was his longest ever—but teammates assured him it was indeed.

The June issue of Vine Line covered Castillo as one of the team’s three rising stars, along with shortstop Starlin Castro and five-tool center fielder Brett Jackson. The 24-year-old backstop has made great strides, owed partly to his willingness to learn in the game. Castillo has requested English-speaking roommates at every minor league level in order to sharpen his fluency and communication skills.

“This is a business, and I have to do whatever it takes to earn my spot,” Castillo told Vine Line. “I simply have to play ball, have fun, and the rest will take care of itself. No one is given a roster spot simply because they are a top prospect. Once I get to the big leagues, I want to stay in the big leagues.”

Castillo hit eight home runs in 22 June games and posted a .357 AVG/.427 OBP/.714 SLG line over the month, earning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors.

“I’ve been working on [my hitting] and seeing the ball well,” Castillo said. “I’m just trying to put my best swing on it.”

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