DIEGO CASTILLO, SHORTSTOP
Born: October 28, 1997
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Yankees
How Acquired: Trade (with Yankees)
Country: Venezuela
Agent: N/A
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Yankees signed Castillo for a sizable bonus out of Venezuela.  As a hitter, he consistently makes contract, but prior to 2021 he hit the ball with very little authority.  He started showing power when he got to AA.  He’s a good defensive shortstop, and also has experience at second and a little at third.  The Pirates acquired Castillo for Clay Holmes.

2015
DSL:  331/373/444, 239 AB, 11 2B, 8 3B, 16 BB, 29 K, 5-6 SB

Castillo played short regularly in the DSL.  His hitting was impressive for a 17-year-old, including good gap power.

2016
R:  267/332/327, 165 AB, 7 2B, 1 HR, 14 BB, 21 K, 5-8 SB

The Yankees sent Castillo to rookie ball and his hitting dropped off sharply, although he did make good contact.  He again played short exclusively.

2017
A:  263/310/315, 463 AB, 15 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 31 BB, 51 K, 9-14 SB

In low A, Castillo’s offense was limited to hitting a modest number of singles.  He split his time between second and short.  Baseball America ranked him 27th in the Yankees’ system, partly because he was young for the level at 19.

2018
A+:  260/307/324, 469 AB, 20 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 30 BB, 47 K, 11-15 SB

In high A, Castillo hit almost exactly the same as the previous year.  He again played short and second about equally.

2019
A+:  248/310/329, 416 AB, 18 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 33 BB, 49 K, 13-16 SB

The Yankees returned Castillo to high A and he got nearly the exact same results at the plate as the previous two years.

2020
DNP

Castillo didn’t play during the pandemic season.

2021
AA (NYY):  277/345/504, 224 AB, 18 2B, 11 HR, 21 BB, 34 K, 8-11 SB

In AA, Castillo suddenly started hitting with good power.  Oddly enough, the exact same thing happened with Hoy Park in AAA, whom the Pirates obtained in the same deal at the trade deadline.  Castillo split his time about evenly among second, third and short.

Castillo adds to the Pirates’ huge collection of utility infielders.  Like Park, he’ll be eligible not only for the Rule 5 draft but for minor league free agency after the season.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Minor league salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $750,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: 7/16/2021
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
December 14, 2014: Signed by the New York Yankees as an international free agent.
July 26, 2021:
Traded by the New York Yankees with Hoy Park to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Clay Holmes.
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