Diego Castillo

Diego Castillo

25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Arizona Diamondbacks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Castillo made his big-league debut in 2022 and spent the majority of the season in Pittsburgh. At first glance, his 26.5 percent strikeout rate and .206 batting average suggest he was just another of the mediocre or worse options that the Pirates trotted out during the campaign. However, there's come intrigue with a deeper dive. As a prospect, Castillo was known for his hit tool and rarely struck out at clips higher than 15 percent while working his way through the minors. That number spiked in his first taste of the majors, but so did his potential to hit for power thanks to a 9.9 percent barrel rate and 109.6 mph max exit velocity. Assuming he can bring his strikeout rate back down to levels he showed while climbing through the Yankees' minor-league system, there's the potential of a player who can hit for both a solid average and solid power. Castillo was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh in December and subsequently traded to Arizona, where he could open 2023 in a utility role. Read Past Outlooks
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#559
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2022.
Lands in the desert
SSArizona Diamondbacks
December 23, 2022
Castillo was acquired by the Diamondbacks from the Pirates on Friday in exchange for minor-league right-hander Scott Randall.
ANALYSIS
Castillo had been designated for assignment earlier this week. The 25-year-old had an uneven rookie season in 2022 while splitting time between the Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis, finishing with a .633 OPS and 11 homers with the big club. He's got an interesting bat and is versatile, though, making him a worthy acquisition by Arizona. Castillo will attempt to win a spot on the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
8
9
3
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
4
24
10
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+76%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+76%
OPS vs LHP
2021
No Stats
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .788 153 20 9 21 0 .239 .281 .507
Since 2020vs Right .449 130 8 2 8 1 .167 .215 .233
2022vs Left .788 153 20 9 21 0 .239 .281 .507
2022vs Right .449 130 8 2 8 1 .167 .215 .233
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+28%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+28%
OPS on Road
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .547 127 9 2 14 0 .198 .236 .310
Since 2020Away .701 156 19 9 15 1 .212 .263 .438
2022Home .547 127 9 2 14 0 .198 .236 .310
2022Away .701 156 19 9 15 1 .212 .263 .438
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Diego Castillo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
4.9%
 
K Rate
26.5%
 
BABIP
.239
 
ISO
.176
 
AVG
.206
 
OBP
.251
 
SLG
.382
 
OPS
.633
 
wOBA
.275
 
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.2%
 
Barrels/PA
6.7%
 
Expected BA
.224
 
Expected SLG
.389
 
Sprint Speed
23.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
39.8%
 
Line Drive %
19.9%
 
Fly Ball %
40.3%
 
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Castillo was shipped to Pittsburgh along with Hoy Park in the deadline deal that sent Clay Holmes to the Yankees. The trade made sense for both sides, as the Yankees had much more need of a good reliever than the Pirates did, and Castillo and Park were blocked in New York, while Pittsburgh has plenty of at-bats to dole out at almost every position. Castillo was added to the 40-man roster this offseason as Rule 5 draft protection and should spend a good chunk of the year in the majors. He showed a well-rounded skill set across Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .278/.355/.487 with 19 home runs, nine steals, a 12.7 K% and a 10.0 BB% in 440 PA. Castillo has 50-grade power and speed, but if his excellent approach and contact ability can carry over in the majors, he could hit enough to be an everyday player who moves around the infield. He played almost evenly at shortstop, second base and third base last season.
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Designated for assignment
SSPittsburgh Pirates
December 20, 2022
Castillo was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Two doubles, RBI in win
SSPittsburgh Pirates
October 5, 2022
Castillo went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.
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Rejoins Bucs
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 12, 2022
The Pirates recalled Castillo from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.
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Sent to minors
SSPittsburgh Pirates
July 31, 2022
Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Looks like reserve player
SSPittsburgh Pirates
July 17, 2022
Castillo will start in right field and bat fifth in Sunday's game against the Rockies.
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