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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
43-36 5-5 L2
39-34 4-6 W2
35-39 4-6 L1
29-45 5-5 W1
27-47 4-6 W1

2022 Batting

Batting Average
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .261 2 14 .670 2

Top Willi Castro News

  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Retreats to bench

    Castro is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.

    Castro will move back to the bench after he was one of the few productive hitters for Detroit in a 4-3 loss Tuesday, when he went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run. Victor Reyes will re-enter the starting nine in place of Castro and should serve as the team's primary right fielder until Austin Meadows (Achilles) is back from the 10-day injured list.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Loses out on everyday role

    Castro remains out of the lineup for Monday's game in Boston.

    Castro finds himself on the bench for the second game in a row and looks like he'll have to handle a fourth-outfielder role for the time being after Detroit promoted top prospect Riley Greene from Triple-A Toledo over the weekend. Meanwhile, Victor Reyes has hit .333 since coming off the injured list June 11 and seems to have solidified himself as the Tigers' top right fielder for the time being, though both he and Castro will likely face a tougher path to playing time whenever Austin Meadows (illness) comes off the COVID-19-related IL.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Productive day at the plate

    Castro went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's victory over the Rangers.

    Castro's first RBI came thanks to savvy baserunning from Jonathan Schoop, who scored on a double play. Castro then tripled home Spencer Torkelson in the fifth inning. The shortstop's bat has woken up recently. After going hitless in two games, Castro now has five hits in his last three, including two two-hit games. He is slashing .262/.294/.369 on the season.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Added to Friday's lineup

    Castro was added to the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Castro was initially slated to get a day off after drawing four consecutive starts, but he'll start in center field and bat third after Austin Meadows (undisclosed) was a late scratch. Castro has gone 3-for-16 with a homer, three runs and five strikeouts over the last five games.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Hits leadoff home run

    Castro went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

    Lance Lynn was making his 2022 debut for Chicago and Castro gave him a rude welcome, taking him deep on his first pitch of the game. It was just the second home run of the season for Castro, who's batting .264 for the year but has slowed down some in June with a .235 average this month. Still, on a Detroit team that lacks a ton of offensive weapons, the 25-year-old should continue to see plenty of playing time.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Sitting Friday

    Castro is not in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Blue Jays, Jason Beck of reports.

    Castro will rest for a second consecutive game Friday with Derek Hill returning to the lineup in center field and batting ninth. The 24-year-old may see some extra playing time in the near future with Daz Cameron (undisclosed) on the COVID-19 list.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Resting Wednesday

    Castro is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

    Castro will take a seat for the first time since May 26, breaking a streak of 11 consecutive starts for the 25-year-old, who slashed .238/.267/.310 with three extra-base hits (all doubles) and a stolen base during that stretch. He'll cede leadoff duties Wednesday to Harold Castro, while Kody Clemens fills in for him in left field.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Productive from leadoff spot

    Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Twins.

    Castro led off both games in Tuesday's doubleheader and did so again Wednesday. Regular leadoff hitter Robbie Grossman (neck) is currently on the injured list, so Castro might stick in the spot a little longer. He's swung the bat well this year with a .283 batting average, so he figures to have some elevated fantasy value for however long he's atop the lineup in Detroit.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Leading off again

    Castro will start in left field and bat leadoff in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Twins.

    After going 2-for-3 with two RBI while batting out of the No. 6 spot in the order in Sunday's 7-5 win, Castro will get a look in the leadoff role for the first time in 2022. While usual table setter Robbie Grossman (neck) is sidelined, the Tigers could audition a number of players atop the lineup, with Castro and utility man Harold Castro having now received looks in the leadoff role in the two games since Grossman landed on the injured list.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Heads to bench Thursday

    Castro is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Guardians.

    Castro started the past eight games but will take a seat after going 5-for-31 during that stretch. Robbie Grossman, Derek Hill and Daz Cameron will start from left to right in the outfield.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Starting Friday

    Castro is starting in left field and batting second in Friday's game against the Guardians.

    This will be Castro's fourth straight start, as his bat is keeping him in the lineup. The 25-year-old is slashing .322/.359/.424 to go with a home run and four RBI. His past four starts have all been in left field, though he's also appeared in center and at shortstop on occasion this year.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Castro is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.

    Castro has been hot lately, slashing .367/.375/.533 across his last 10 games, but he'll get a day off Sunday. Detroit activated both Austin Meadows (illness) and Victor Reyes (quadriceps) before the game, and the two are starting in the outfield along with Robbie Grossman. Castro should still see some playing time if he continues to hit, but he now has more competition for starts.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Scores, drives in one Friday

    Castro went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Friday's win over the Orioles.

    Castro has been rolling lately, as he's 8-for-18 across his past five games with an RBI and three runs scored. The 25-year-old started in left field Friday, with Derek Hill getting center. With Akil Baddoo at Triple-A, it looks like Castro will continue to serve as something of a utility outfielder, and he should see regular starts while he's hot at the plate.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Keeps rolling Thursday

    Castro went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Athletics.

    Making his fourth consecutive start, Castro kept producing at the plate, as he's gone 7-for-15 during this stretch. He's not quite yet an everyday player, but the 25-year-old is getting an extended look, and he could continue to push Derek Hill for time in center field. Castro is now batting .325 on the season across 16 games.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Gets fourth consecutive start

    Castro will start in center field and bat seventh in Thursday's game against the Athletics.

    Castro will stick in the lineup for the fourth game in a row, with all of his starts coming in the outfield during that stretch. Though Castro hasn't yet established himself as an everyday player, manager A.J. Hinch will likely continue to keep the 25-year-old in the lineup while he's one of the few hitters on the roster swinging a hot bat. Over his last three starts, Castro has gone 5-for-11 with a walk and a run.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Enjoys productive day Tuesday

    Castro went 5-for-7 with a walk and a run scored across both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Athletics.

    Castro got the start in left field for Game 1, then shifted over to center for the second game. The 25-year-old used to primarily play in the infield, though he's expanded his defensive versatility, which has helped him earn more playing time. With Akil Baddoo recently demoted to Triple-A, Castro and his .344 batting average may see more outfield run moving forward, though Derek Hill is still the presumptive starter in center, with Robbie Grossman and Austin Meadows in the corners.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Gets call to majors

    The Tigers recalled Castro from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

    Castro will provide the Tigers with some reinforcement in the infield following Javier Baez's (thumb) placement on the injured list Saturday. While Baez is out, the switch-hitting Castro could fill the smaller side of a platoon at shortstop with the lefty-hitting Harold Castro.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Removed from Triple-A lineup

    Castro was removed from Saturday's lineup at Triple-A Toledo, Jason Beck of reports.

    Javier Baez (thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, and it seems likely that Castro will join the major-league club to provide depth at shortstop. Even if the 24-year-old is ultimately called up, Harold Castro should serve as the Tigers' primary shortstop in Baez's absence.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Beginning season in Triple-A

    Castro will begin the 2022 season with Triple-A Toledo, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Castro batted .296 with four extra-base hits and five runs over 27 at-bats this spring, but he'll start the year in Triple-A. With his ability to play nearly every position, the 24-year-old will likely rejoin the big-league club relatively soon. In 125 games with the Tigers in 2021, Castro slashed .220/.273/.351 with 24 extra-base hits, 38 RBI, 56 runs and nine stolen bases.

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  • Tigers' Willi Castro: Could play center

    Castro played some center field in Monday's Grapefruit League game, and Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said he wants to "expand Willi's defensive versatility," Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Castro was already likely to play more in the outfield with Riley Greene (foot) and Derek Hill (hamstring) both out to begin the regular season, but center field would be new for him at the MLB level. Castro primarily played at second base last year (91 games) and also made 10 appearances in left. The 24-year-old has been inconsistent with the bat in the majors, though he may have an opportunity in 2022 to see semi-regular playing time and perhaps get going offensively. He's off to a promising start with a .939 OPS across 13 spring contests.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 170 lbs
Birthplace: Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Age: 25
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: S, R