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May 21, 2024 1 2 1 2 9
May 20, 2024 2 1 0 0 3.5
May 19, 2024 1 0 0 0 1
May 18, 2024 1 1 0 0 1.5
May 17, 2024 0 0 0 0 -0.5

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Willi Castro has the best season of his career as he became a solid utility player and a surprising source of stolen bases. After Castro was non-tendered by Detroit he had to settle for a minor league deal with the Twins and wasn't a sure bet to win a major league job. Castro got regular duty at third base in May when Jose Miranda struggled and hit .274 with a .780 OPS and 10 steals in the first two months of the season. He also became the backup center fielder when Byron Buxton was unable to play in the field. Castro gained manager Rocco Baldelli's confidence on the basepaths and went 33 for 38 in steal attempts. Castro drew more walks (8.3% BB%) and made harder contact (career-high 31.9% Hard Hit rate), but most of his underlying metrics were similar to his underwhelming 2022 season. A full-season career-high .328 BABIP may have indicated he was a bit lucky. However, Castro's versatility to be a plus glove around the infield and use his speed to be adequate in the outfield should help him carve out a steady role.

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2024 112.52.3 23 4 16 12 6 .267
2023 298.52.4 60 9 34 34 33 .257
2022 2081.9 47 8 31 15 9 .241
3y Avg. 244.52 54 9 34 24 17 .238
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Smacks third home run

    Castro went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI during Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Mariners. The 27-year-old hit a solo shot off George Kirby in the second inning to break an 0-for-11 stretch at the plate, and Castro's RBI triple in the fourth gave the Twins some extra insurance, making it a 4-1 ballgame. Castro is now slashing .346/.370/.692 with three RBI and three stolen bases across his last seven games.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Another start in center

    Castro will start in center field and bat seventh for Wednesday's game against the Mariners. It's the 21st staight start for Castro, who has also been in the lineup at shortstop, third base and in left field during that stretch. Third base and center field will likely be Castro's primary homes for the foreseeable future while Royce Lewis (quadricep) and Byron Buxton (knee) remain on the injured list.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Three hits, steal in win

    Castro went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's 10-5 win over the White Sox. Castro wound up a homer shy of a cycle Wednesday while recording his fifth multi-hit game during his current eight-game hitting streak. He's gone 16-for-35 (.457) over the course of the streak, boosting his slash line to .270/.339/.450 through 30 games this year. The 27-year-old Castro added two homers, 13 runs scored, 12 RBI and three stolen bases while serving as the Twins' primary third baseman in the absence of Royce Lewis (quadriceps).
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Two hits, homer

    Castro went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a double during Wednesday's 6-3 win over the White Sox. Castro tagged Garrett Crochet for a three-run homer in the second inning, plating Austin Martin and Christian Vazquez for his second long ball of 2024. Castro has generated a hit in six of his last seven games, a stretch in which he has four extra-base hits, a .333 batting average and five runs batted in.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Out of Friday's lineup

    Castro is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers. Castro has just three hits in 32 plate appearances this season and will head to the bench Friday for the second consecutive contest. Kyle Farmer will man the hot corner and bat sixth in the series opener at Detroit.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Not in Wednesday's lineup

    Castro is absent from the lineup Wednesday versus the Dodgers. Castro has been getting most of the starts at third base versus right-handed pitching since Royce Lewis (quadricep) landed on the injured list, but Dodgers righty Bobby Miller has reverse splits for his career. Kyle Farmer will get the nod at the hot corner in Castro's stead.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Out of Monday's lineup

    Castro is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers. The switch-hitting Castro started the first seven games of the season but has a .130/.286/.130 slash line and will take a seat for Monday's contest. Jose Miranda, who was called up from Triple-A St. Paul earlier in the day, will start at third base and bat fifth.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Takes over at third base

    Castro started at third base and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a caught stealing in Saturday's win at Kansas City. Castro and Kyle Farmer are expected to get the bulk of starts at third base with Royce Lewis out a month or more due to a quad injury. Castro will likely be the left-handed part of a platoon with Farmer, and the duo could get an extended run with top infield prospect Brooks Lee out several weeks with a back injury. Castro had 33 stolen bases last season and was caught just five times, so his out on the basepaths was a rare occurrence.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Strong start to spring

    Castro started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 in Saturday's spring training loss to Philadelphia and has gone 4-for-10 overall this spring. He appears set for a multi-position utility role again this season, MLB.com reports. Castro had the best season of his career in 2023, as he became a solid utility player and a surprising source of stolen bases. Castro gained manager Rocco Baldelli's confidence on the basepaths and went 33-for-38 in steal attempts. The switch hitter will likely get most of his time in the outfield against left-handed pitching if the roster stays healthy, but he can fill in at almost any position but catcher if injuries strike.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Gets $3 million

    Castro agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Twins on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Castro took advantage of some injuries ahead of him on the depth chart in 2023 and had a breakout season, slashing .257/.339/.411 with nine home runs and 33 steals in 124 games. He is eligible at outfield and third base in fantasy leagues and should once again be a source of cheap speed while working in a super utility role.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Starting in center field

    Castro is starting in center field and batting eighth Tuesday in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Castro didn't start any of the Twins' first three postseason games but has now been in the lineup for each of the last two after starting in left field in Game 2. He reached base twice and scored a run in that contest. Michael Taylor will begin Game 3 on the bench.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Sitting Sunday

    Castro isn't in the Twins' lineup Sunday against the Angels. Castro will sit for the second consecutive game after recording five hits over his last three games. His absence will allow Michael Taylor to start in center field while batting ninth.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Out of lineup

    Castro will hit the bench Saturday against the Angels, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Castro is one of several regulars who will get a rest the day after the Twins clinched a postseason berth. Andrew Stevenson will get the nod in center field.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Goes deep in victory

    Castro went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's 7-0 win over Cincinnati. Castro reached on an infield single in the fifth inning before hitting a towering, two-run homer in the seventh that extended Minnesota's lead to 6-0. In 15 games since returning from an oblique injury Sept. 3, the switch-hitting speedster has posted a slash line of .291/.333/.545 with three home runs, seven RBI, 11 runs and two steals across 61 plate appearances. Castro has started 14 of 16 games since his return and figures to maintain his everyday role given his positional versatility and the fact that Carlos Correa is once again dealing with plantar fasciitis.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Homers, tallies three hits

    Castro went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs scored in Saturday's 8-4 victory over the Mets. Castro doubled in the bottom of the second before coming around to score on a Donovan Solano single, making it a 2-2 game. The left fielder then added a solo homer in the eighth to extend Minnesota's lead to four runs, and he finished with three hits on the day -- his first time accomplishing that feat since July 18. Castro is now batting .471 in September and has recorded multiple hits in three of his last five games.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Scores twice in starting role

    Castro went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI in Monday's 20-6 win over the Guardians. Castro did a little bit of everything for the Twins in the blowout victory, starting in center field before spending two innings at third base and then pitching the final inning of the game. After returning to the Twins' active roster over the weekend following a three-week stay on the injured list due to the oblique strain, Castro could get a look as the team's preferred option in center field in the short term while both Michael Taylor (hamstring) and Byron Buxton (knee) remain on the shelf.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Officially reinstated

    Castro (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday. The 26-year-old has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with an oblique strain but will rejoin the Twins on Sunday after a three-game minor-league rehab assignment. With Michael Taylor landing on the shelf with a hamstring strain, Castro could see regular run in center field for the near future.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Set for activation Sunday

    Castro (oblique) will be activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's game against the Rangers, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Things seemed to be trending that way, and a roster spot has opened up with Michael Taylor (hamstring) expected to land on the IL. Castro could see playing time in center field while Taylor is out and, of course, is also capable of filling in at multiple other positions.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Could return Sunday

    Castro (oblique) is expected to join the Twins this weekend in Texas and could be activated Sunday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Castro had been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A St. Paul but left Wednesday for the birth of his second daughter. It looks like he'll be activated this weekend and will not need any more rehab games. Castro was placed on the injured list Aug. 15.
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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Return date from IL unclear

    Castro (oblique) is 2-for-7 in two rehab games at Triple-A Rochester, but it's not clear when he'll be activated from the 10-day injured list, MLB.com reports. From a health standpoint, Castro looks ready to return from the IL, but his wife is due to give birth Wednesday, so he could end up immediately heading to the paternity list if activated Tuesday or Wednesday. With that in mind, Castro may not be cleared to play in games for the Twins until after the roster expands to 28 men Friday.
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