Wellington Castillo has been a staple for the Dbacks since joining the team. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Watch: Hot
Last 10 Games: 36 PA, .353 AVG, 2 2B’s, 5 HR’s, 10 RBI’s, .912 SLG
Last 41 Games: .316 (42 for 133) 9 2B’s, 12 HR’s, 27 RBI’s
When Wellington Castillo was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Seattle Mariners as part of the Mark Trumbo deal on June 4th, it was seen by many as a great deal for a team in desperate need of catching depth.
Nobody thought Castillo would turn into the player he has for the Diamondbacks, making this acquisition quite possibly the best of Dave Stewart‘s tenure as GM.
Since joining the Dbacks in 45 games, Castillo is hitting .297 in 164 PA with nine 2B’s, 13 HR’s, 29 RBI’s, and a 173 OPS+.
That is compared to his .160 average in 6 games with Seattle, and his .163 average in 24 games with the Cubs in 2015.
Castillo apparently loves playing here, and he has quickly become a fan favorite and a popular figure in the clubhouse.
He is on one of the best offensive stretches of his career, and has homered 8 times in his last 12 games. His 13 home runs since June 3rd are tied for the third most in the N.L. in that span since he joined the Dbacks.
Part of the reason Castillo has been so red hot is pitchers are throwing the baseball where he likes it, and Beef is taking advantage. Only Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia has seen more pitches this season on the outer third of the plate, which is where Castillo likes it.
Castillo has also done a great job with the pitching staff, and has earned the respect of the starters and the relivers. He has developed a great relationship with Rubby De La Rosa, and De La Rosa has performed better since Castillo became the starting catcher.
The way Castillo is performing right now its going to be hard for Chip to take him out of the lineup, and its going to be hard for Tuffy Gosewisch to win his starting job back next spring.