MLB News: Twins sign Puerto Rican utility former Tigres, who plays six quality positions

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.

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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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I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover big events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), important players’ signatures. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as an amateur. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but baseball is in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS). , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it took almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to radio, providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB News: Twins sign Puerto Rican utility former Tigres, who plays six quality positions