Willi Castro

Willi Castro

25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Once an emerging middle infield option for Detroit, Castro's path to regular playing time now seems to be in the outfield. He started 80 games in the outfield for the Tigers in 2022, while also seeing 16 games apiece at second base and shortstop. That was a drastic change from 2021, when Castro primarily played in the infield and only saw 10 outfield appearances. Offensively, Castro has shown flashes here and there, though his .651 OPS last year leaves room for growth. He has at least been able to reduce his strikeouts the past few seasons. Castro struck out just under 31 percent of the time as a rookie in 2019. He lowered that to a career-best 20.9 percent in 2022. If Castro can continue to make more regular contact, he could make a bit of a fantasy impact, possibly with double figures in stolen bases for the first time in his career. As someone who will be entering his age-26 season, Castro also has the potential for more, especially if he's able to hold onto regular playing time, either in the outfield or infield. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018. Traded to the Tigers in July of 2018.
Non-tendered by Detroit
2BFree Agent  
November 18, 2022
ANALYSIS
There was some buzz around Castro upon his arrival in 2019. While it didn't pan out with the Tigers, he's still only 25 years old and showed flashes during the shortened 2020 season. Castro can play both middle infield spots and even got some run in center field last season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
12
3
4
19
10
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
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6
2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .706 284 34 5 31 2 .277 .300 .406
Since 2020vs Right .667 698 90 18 62 16 .234 .290 .377
2022vs Left .660 123 13 3 13 1 .250 .260 .400
2022vs Right .646 269 34 5 18 8 .237 .295 .351
2021vs Left .694 136 17 1 15 1 .281 .311 .383
2021vs Right .593 314 39 8 23 8 .193 .256 .337
2020vs Left 1.005 25 4 1 3 0 .391 .440 .565
2020vs Right .916 115 17 5 21 0 .340 .368 .547
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .698 489 63 13 48 8 .258 .304 .394
Since 2020Away .659 493 61 10 45 10 .236 .282 .378
2022Home .750 209 26 5 19 3 .289 .322 .428
2022Away .539 183 21 3 12 6 .187 .240 .298
2021Home .574 225 28 5 19 5 .204 .263 .311
2021Away .674 225 28 4 19 4 .237 .283 .391
2020Home 1.012 55 9 3 10 0 .367 .400 .612
2020Away .882 85 12 3 14 0 .338 .369 .513
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Stat Review
How does Willi Castro 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
0.18
 
BB Rate
3.8%
 
K Rate
20.9%
 
BABIP
.288
 
ISO
.126
 
AVG
.241
 
OBP
.284
 
SLG
.367
 
OPS
.651
 
wOBA
.287
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.6%
 
Expected BA
.261
 
Expected SLG
.339
 
Sprint Speed
25.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
41.9%
 
Line Drive %
22.5%
 
Fly Ball %
35.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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No one expected Castro to approach the .931 he registered in the pandemic season, but last year's fall from grace was steeper than anticipated. Castro's plate skills and batted ball profile were virtually identical, but his .448 BABIP in 2020 and .275 mark last season were on opposite ends of the luck spectrum. Assuming his BABIP settles in the middle, Castro has some pop and can run, but he profiles more as a bench piece, at least on a contending team. He's a middle infielder by trade but Castro has dabbled at the hot corner and outfield so he could serve as a super-utility guy. The Tigers aren't quite ready to compete yet, so Castro may get another chance to prove he's a regular, but there's nothing in his resume worth chasing for a fantasy breakout.
Castro won't hit .349 (or even .300) over a full season. It was encouraging to see a big improvement over the .230 mark posted in 110 PA the year prior, although Castro's 27.1 K% and 85.3 mph average exit velocity don't support a lofty average. A 41.9% groundball rate with 84th percentile speed buoyed an unsustainable .448 BABIP. Plus, an 86.2-mph flyball average exit velocity doesn't back a 20.7% rate on HR/FB. Countering some of the regression will be physical maturation and skills growth as Castro will be just 24 years old as he embarks on his first full campaign. It's curious why Castro only tried one steal after swiping 17 of 21 as a 22-year-old at Triple-A. Shortstop is loaded and deep while Castro has yet to establish a trustworthy baseline. Helping his case is bonus third-base eligibility in many leagues.
We've been spoiled by some elite prospects this decade. Now when a prospect struggles initially, we have a tendency to label the player as one thing and mostly write them off. Let's give Castro another shot before we put him out of our collective consciousness. At 22 years old, Castro hit over .300 at Triple-A with 11 homers and 17 steals in 21 attempts. He struck out 21% of the time at that level, but that number jumped to north of 30% in the majors and he recorded only one barrel among 68 batted-ball events. Given the batted-ball numbers, it's reasonable to be skeptical about Castro hitting for the kinds of averages we saw on the farm, but Castro's average sprint speed ranked in the 86th percentile and opportunity should be there on a rebuilding Tigers club. He will compete for a starting role in spring training.
The first half of 2018 was a disappointment, but Castro turned it on after a deadline trade to the Tigers, posting a robust 155 wRC+ in 26 games with Double-A Erie to earn a promotion to Triple-A to close out his age-21 season. Castro does not project to provide a lot of category juice -- he's topped out with 11 home runs and 20 steals, the latter being a generous reflection of his speed. However, he has displayed decent bat-to-ball ability for his age, with his strikeout rate never exceeding 21.9% over a meaningful sample. There's also at least some hope for more power as he matures and fills out his 6-foot-1 frame. Detroit brought in Jordy Mercer as a stopgap at shortstop and Niko Goodrum is seemingly locked in at second base for the time being, so it's difficult to imagine we see Castro debut in 2019. If he builds on his late run at Triple-A, we could see Castro early on in 2020.
Last season was Castro's first year in pro ball as an above-league-average hitter (115 wRC+), but the breakout at High-A in his age-20 season looks legitimate. His 11 homers topped his career total entering the year (10 in 236 games), but his 8.3 percent HR/FB was not alarming, and it simply looks like a young player naturally growing into some pop. He has 64 career steals, but with just slightly above-average speed and a career 66.7 percent success rate, it would be foolish to expect him to steal more than 10 or 12 bases annually in his early years in the majors. Castro cut his pull rate from 50 percent at Low-A to 43.7 percent at High-A, and considering he excels at making contact (17.6 percent strikeout rate), he should be able to continue to hit for fairly high batting averages in the upper levels. He could stick at shortstop, but will likely eventually move to second base or center field if he remains with the Indians.
A switch-hitting shortstop from Puerto Rico, Castro held his own as a 19-year-old at Low-A. Perhaps predictably, he struggled at times to make contact. Castro hit .259 with a .283 OBP in 123 games. He fanned 96 times while drawing just 16 walks. Still, Castro showed an intriguing power/speed combination, smacking seven home runs while swiping 16 bases. The potential for double-digit home runs and stolen bases for a 19-year-old at a middle infield position makes him a prospect to watch. He is built in the same mold as current Indians superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, though nobody is saying Castro has anywhere near that kind of ceiling. He must refine his approach and exercise more patience at the dish. Castro should start the 2017 campaign at High-A.
Castro, 18, offers a hit-over-power with a little speed offensive profile at shortstop. At 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, there is room to project a tad more power down the road, but batting average, runs, and steals will be the foundation of his fantasy value. He slashed .264/.304/.330 with one home run and 20 steals (on 27 attempts) in 67 games in the New York-Penn League, where the average player was more than three years his senior. His 10.3% K-rate also demonstrates an advanced ability to make contact, although the fact that he has never posted a BABIP over .295 suggests that contact is often weak. While shortstops with Castro’s profile, such as Erick Aybar, are useful once they reach the big leagues, his lack of double-digit home run power and an ETA of at least 2019 makes him difficult to roster in most formats.
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Working in offseason program
2BDetroit Tigers  
November 8, 2022
The Tigers announced Tuesday that Castro (hamstring) is fully healthy and taking part in in his normal offseason program, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
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Hits injured list as expected
2BDetroit Tigers  
Hamstring
September 30, 2022
Castro (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday.
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Out for season
2BDetroit Tigers  
Hamstring
September 29, 2022
Castro (hamstring) will miss the rest of the season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Diagnosed with hamstring strain
2BDetroit Tigers  
Hamstring
September 29, 2022
Castro exited Thursday's game against the Royals due to a left hamstring strain.
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Leaves with hamstring issue
2BDetroit Tigers  
Hamstring
September 29, 2022
Castro was removed from Thursday's game against the Royals with an apparent hamstring injury, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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