CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs recalled catcher Welington Castillo from Triple-A Iowa. Castillo joins the Cubs for his second stint in the big leagues this season and is available for this afternoon’s game against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field.
Castillo, 23, saw action in two games during his previous stay with the Cubs from August 10-22, batting .167 (1-for-6) with a double in his pair of starts. The double represented his first big league hit in his major league debut August 11 at San Francisco.
Overall, Castillo batted .255 (61-for-239) with 17 doubles, 13 home runs and 59 RBI in 69 games with Iowa this season, his first at the Triple-A level. He is in his sixth season in the Cubs organization, having made the climb to the big leagues after starting the 2008 campaign at Single-A Daytona. Castillo has been to major league spring training with the Cubs each of the last three seasons.
A native of San Isidro, Dominican Republic, Castillo originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on December 8, 2004. He was the starting catcher for the World Team at the 2008 Futures Game and was listed by Baseball America as the organization’s fifth-best prospect into the 2009 campaign. In 423 minor league contests, Castillo is a career .264 hitter (379-for-1435) with 77 doubles, 40 home runs and 207 RBI.