DIEGO CASTILLO, SHORTSTOP
|Born: October 28, 1997
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Yankees
How Acquired: Trade (with Yankees)
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.
Castillo played short regularly in the DSL. His hitting was impressive for a 17-year-old, including good gap power.
The Yankees sent Castillo to rookie ball and his hitting dropped off sharply, although he did make good contact. He again played short exclusively.
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.
In high A, Castillo hit almost exactly the same as the previous year. He again played short and second about equally.
The Yankees returned Castillo to high A and he got nearly the exact same results at the plate as the previous two years.
Castillo didn’t play during the pandemic season.
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.
|2021: Minor league salary|
|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
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Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|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.