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Is Welington Castillo a lock at Catcher?

Posted: 7/17/2014 8:45 PM

Is Welington Castillo a lock at Catcher? 


After last year I would have thought so but he hasnt looked nearly as good this year.

Judging from what I have read the Cubs FO  drafts catching types that they expect to have good .OBP and good defensive skills...Castillo has easily fit this description at times and at other times has been well above it.

So I am no expert on players but rather than dig into a bunch of stats I will make these comments and then you guys if need be can prove me wrongtongue

Offense

Last year he really started hitting the ball well the 2nd half.  Even more impressive was the amount of walks he was taking.  His power was still fairly average but then his season ended with injury.  This year he didnt get off to a great start but one noticeable difference was it appeared he was hitting with more power...he was projected to have about 15 HR this year...and then again he got hurt.   Since coming back he looks lost.

Defense

This is where he becomes a keeper if things start showing up like last year.   We have let players run wild on us this year....Castillo has missed a lot of the season so I cant give him all the blame....but the fact he threw out 37 percent of basestealers  last year makes me ask, what happened???   Does he still have a good arm...apparently yes since he threw out the fastest man in baseball this year.  He is still one of the best I have seen at blocking balls in the dirt and the quick throw to first...One thing he does need to improve on is framing...I think he is probably below average in this category...making a strike look like a ball is a bad thing.

I have looked over the top 10 prospects and although I do think we could make a trade for some of them I ultimately am not ready to give up on Castillo. So with this skill set you kinda wonder why the FO hasnt given him that fat contract yet?  Well to me and likely management Castillo's biggest issue now is he hasnt been able to stay healthy.

I think a strong and HEALTHY second half will go a long way...He is arbitration eligible next year...for Castillo its likely now or never, at least with the Cubs.

Last edited 7/17/2014 11:22 PM by wrigleykid

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Posted: 7/17/2014 10:53 PM

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Easy to see why he hasn't gotten a fat contract--he hasn't shown to be good enough. I'm not a big fan. He isn't much with the bat and seems to struggle framing pitches.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 11:44 PM

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SPOONER wrote: Easy to see why he hasn't gotten a fat contract--he hasn't shown to be good enough. I'm not a big fan. He isn't much with the bat and seems to struggle framing pitches.
if last years stats were not a fluke then he will get that fat payday....but he does not have a lot of time to prove it...he does however need to work on his framing....he is like the worst in all of baseball

http://www.baseballprospectus....articleid=23176


http://www.baseballprospectus....articleid=23176

If there were 2 Catchers I would want to get my hands on that we may actually have a shot at it would be Boston's Blake Swihart and Pittsburgh's Reece Mcguire
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Posted: 7/18/2014 8:10 AM

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rick sutcliffe (sp) the other night raved about his framing pitches.  said he was as good the cardinals  MOlina.  he sold me.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 8:15 AM

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Not a big Castillo fan. He's had his chance to prove himself. In my unprofessional opinion he doesn't handle the pitching staff as well as I would expect a catcher to. I believe there will be a new catcher when this thing comes together
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Posted: 7/18/2014 9:04 AM

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Russell Martin is a FA this offseason, IIRC.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 9:19 AM

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I would pay the brewers catcher big money.biggrin
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Posted: 7/18/2014 10:08 AM

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It's hard to stay healthy at that position and I would always consider a platoon type 100/62 type split. With that being said i would like to find a left handed batting catcher in a trade. Castillo defensively is pretty solid and while the SB% is high some of that blame goes to the pitchers. On the flip side he should get some of the credit for how this staff has performed. Now moving forward he is almost of veteran status and it's nice to have someone with his experience behind the plate. The catcher I'd go after is Hector Sanchez in SF who is young and struggled hitting at the MLB level but strong defensively and SF has another catcher in the pipeline. That would shore up the left handed hitting role and time to develop his approach in addition we have the players to move to SF.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 10:29 AM

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His continued struggles framing pitches is troubling. He's caught a lot of innings. His bat doesn't make up for those struggles either. That being said, I don't know if there are better options available.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 10:41 AM

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promar200 wrote: rick sutcliffe (sp) the other night raved about his framing pitches.  said he was as good the cardinals  MOlina.  he sold me.

That's an interesting take.  I'm willing to accept that I'm wrong.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 10:48 AM

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He got points in the media for his receiving in the Arrieta near no-hitter in Boston, but I agree with the majority on here.  With all the offensive firepower on its way to the big club, you can sacrifice offense at the catcher position IMO.  It would just be a bonus, as it should be really.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 11:03 AM

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The numbers say he's pretty weak as a pitch receiver.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 11:42 AM

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well I would hate to see Castro in Pittsburgh...but Pittsburgh has pitching and catching that we so much envy...just my opinion...but I would consider a trade marked around these being the main pieces...with Russel a FA this ,might be a good time.

Castro, Castillo   for  Reece Mcguire, Jameson Taillon or Tyler Glasnow
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Posted: 7/18/2014 1:10 PM

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Jerry Cransick just RT'd this -- Castillo top 11

https://twitter.com/msimonespn...2091521/photo/1
#23 OF CHICAGO SPORTS:
         23 - SANDBERG
         23 - JORDAN
         23 - HESTER
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Posted: 7/18/2014 1:23 PM

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cubsfanforlife22 wrote: Jerry Cransick just RT'd this -- Castillo top 11

https://twitter.com/msimonespn...2091521/photo/1
This is a raking of blocking pitches only. Castillo has improved big time in the category over the years. He is dead last in the mertic that determines framing pitches. Having strikes called balls can lead to big innings, and absolutely drives pitchers crazy. On pitches low in the zone he still receives the pitch with his glove heading downward. Watch the best of the best and see them get under these pitches and have a slight upward movement. He actually looks good behind the plate compared to some the statues of year's past. This FO understands the importance of the D from this position.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 2:00 PM

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IIRC he is eligible for arbitration after this season? What is he worth?. If he was a FA, what should be the max the Cubs should sign him for before going in another direction?

FWIW I am just thrilled this was not deemed a useless thread.


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Posted: 7/18/2014 2:07 PM

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this article shows some of the better and some of the worst framers...alos shows a small clip of Castillos framing issues...and if your framing pitches for a guy who has movement like Arrieta u have to be better than this

http://www.baseballprospectus....articleid=24057
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Posted: 7/18/2014 2:52 PM

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I'm wondering if it would be better to try to trade Castillo and sign Martin. The Cubs will have the budget for a more expensive addition to make sense next season, Martin is strong defensively, and he's consistently posted high OBPs throughout his career.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 5:59 PM

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tautology wrote: I'm wondering if it would be better to try to trade Castillo and sign Martin. The Cubs will have the budget for a more expensive addition to make sense next season, Martin is strong defensively, and he's consistently posted high OBPs throughout his career.
may not be a bad idea...his age would be the only issue I have...would love to somehow grab that Mcguire guy from them thoughwink
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Posted: 7/19/2014 12:09 AM

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Since Welington has been on the team, the Cubs staff ERA is a full run higher overall with him behind the plate than with the backup catchers.  While many people don't take CERA seriously, the sample size is large enough to make you wonder.  It probably all comes down to pitch framing.  More strikes that are called balls lead to more walks, and more walks lead to more runs.

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