The Minnesota Twins and Puerto Rican utility player Willi Castro agree to minor league deal. Castro will receive an invitation to the Major League Spring Training. Castro, who turns 26 in April, first made it to the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 2019 and has been playing a versatility role for them ever since.
He’s shown some exciting raw tools, but overall he’s struggled to completely break with the bat. In 303 games thus far in his career, has hit 24 home runs, but walked only 4.7% of his trips to the plate and struck out in 24.1% of them:
His batting line is currently .245/.292/.381 for a wRC+ of 86, indicating that he’s been 14% below league average. Inconsistency seems to be a factor in his work at the plate, as he’s only in the 10th percentile in terms of barrel rate and hard hit rate, but in the 79th percentile in terms of maximum exit velocity. In other words, he can dunk the ball, but he hasn’t done it very often.
But it also has other attributes, besides that intermittent power. His sprint velocity is in the 78th percentile in the league, which has helped him steal nine bases in each of the past two seasons. He also has defensive versatility, having played all three outfield positions and all three infield positions left of first base.
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