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July 23, 2020 10:12 AM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Sent to alternate camp site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Tigers optioned Castro to their alternate camp site in Toledo on Thursday.

Castro was previously optioned to Toledo in March, but he received a second chance to make a bid for the Opening Day roster after baseball's four-month hiatus. He ultimately fell short in his bid for an infield job with Detroit, as the team elected to go with Niko Goodrum and Jordy Mercer as its primary options at shortstop.

July 4, 2020 12:28 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Part of 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro is among 12 infielders in the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.

Castro was optioned to Triple-A Toledo back in March, but without the benefit of a minor-league season in 2020, the 23-year-old shortstop will continue his development as a member of the player pool. He could get a shot at some MLB playing time at some point this season, with starting shortstop Niko Goodrum versatile enough to shift elsewhere on the diamond.

March 26, 2020 03:48 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Sent to Toledo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

Castro performed well before spring training was suspended -- slashing .320/.333/.480 across 27 plate appearances -- but the 22-year-old will still head to the minors to open the season. If he continues to show he has nothing left to prove at Triple-A, Castro should make his return to the big-league club.

March 22, 2020 10:28 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Aims to improve defensive mechanics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro worked on his defensive mechanics over the winter in an effort to stick at shortstop in the majors, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said he was concerned with Castro's defensive mechanics when he made his MLB debut last fall and had doubts the 22-year-old could stick at shortstop. However, Gardenhire noticed improvements before spring training was suspended. "Some of the mechanical things we talked about, they're gone," Gardenhire said. "He can play shortstop with those mechanics." Castro possesses plenty of promise and could still push for a starting role with the rebuilding Tigers.

September 28, 2019 07:00 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Sits for evening game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro is not in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of reports.

Castro went 0-for-2 with a walk in the day's first game. Jordy Mercer starts at shortstop for the nightcap.

September 26, 2019 11:24 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Records three hits against Twins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-4 loss to the Twins.

Castro has had his fair share of struggles to begin his MLB career, as evidenced by his .242/.291/.358 slash line, but the 22-year-old has shown flashes of potential. With the Tigers lacking much established talent at the big-league level, Castro figures to have a chance at a full MLB season as the starting shortstop in 2020.

September 23, 2019 01:56 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Smacks first big-league homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Sunday in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the White Sox.

Castro's seventh-inning blast off Josh Osich was the first of the 22-year-old's big-league career. Power isn't a major component of Castro's game at this stage of his development, but the Tigers probably had higher expectations for him in the slugging department after calling the youngster up from Triple-A Toledo last month. Through 25 games, Castro has supplied only six extra-base hits and has struck out in 30.9 percent of his plate appearances.

September 20, 2019 03:00 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Day off Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro is not in the lineup Friday against the White Sox.

Castro has received plenty of opportunities since getting called up in late August but hasn't done much with them, hitting .218/.279/.269 in 23 games. Jordy Mercer slides to shortstop in his absence Friday, with Harold Castro starting at second base.

September 14, 2019 09:08 AM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Two hits, RBI in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Orioles.

It was good to see Castro string together two hits, as he's mostly struggled at the plate after a strong first two games at the MLB level, in which he went 3-for-7. In 15 games since, the 22-year-old has slashed .192/.246/.250. There will be growing pains for the youngster, and he's primarily batted ninth lately as a result, but the 43-103 Tigers have no reason to not keep playing Castro with an eye toward 2020.

September 12, 2019 05:32 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Sitting for Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Castro went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in Game 1 of the twin bill. Jordy Mercer is covering shortstop for the second half of the doubleheader.

September 11, 2019 02:32 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Returns to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro (forearm) is back in the lineup as expected Wednesday against the Yankees.

Castro missed the last two games with a bruised forearm but said that he'd be back Wednesday and will make good on his word. Through the first 22 games of his big-league career, he's hit just .189/.228/.245.

September 10, 2019 04:24 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Dealing with forearm issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro is battling a deep bone bruise in his right forearm but says he will be ready to play Wednesday against the Yankees, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Jordy Mercer will step in at shortstop for the second straight game after Castro was hit by a pitch Saturday. Castro did not throw with his right arm during fielding drills Tuesday and had the arm wrapped in ice afterward, but it sounds like he's expecting a brief absence. While the 22-year-old has had a tough go of it so far at the major-league level, the Tigers will likely continue to play Castro close to every day to evaluate his roster status for 2020.

September 10, 2019 03:08 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Idle Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Evan Woodbery of reports.

Castro also sat out of Sunday's series finale, so he hasn't taken the field since Saturday against Oakland. Jordy Mercer draws the start at shortstop and will bat ninth.

September 8, 2019 01:32 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Sitting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Oakland.

Castro returns to the bench after starting the last two games and going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Saturday. The 22-year-old has a .473 OPS and 38.6 percent strikeout rate in his first 57 plate appearances. Jordy Mercer (wrist) will start at shortstop in the series finale.

September 5, 2019 11:00 AM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Out of Thursday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.

The Tigers' top shortstop prospect is hitting .186 with a 37 percent strikeout rate in 43 at-bats since getting the call. Castro has above-average speed, but his ability to handle big-league pitching is still up in the air. Jordy Mercer starts at shortstop and will hit ninth.

August 24, 2019 11:04 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Productive in MLB debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Twins.

Castro was called up from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the day, and the 22-year-old just kept hitting. He had a .301/.366/.467 slash line in 525 plate appearances with the Mud Hens and should settle in as the Tigers' everyday shortstop the rest of the season. Castro is one of Detroit's top prospects, making him an intriguing option for fantasy owners who could use a boost in the middle infield and are willing to trust the youngster.

August 24, 2019 01:52 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Called up to Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro was called up to Detroit on Saturday.

It was known that Castro would make his major-league debut at some point this season, but that move is now official. Castro has spent the entirety of the 2019 season with Triple-A Toledo, racking up a .301/.366/.467 line across 525 plate appearances. He figures to serve as the Tigers' everyday shortstop for the remainder of the season.

August 9, 2019 04:40 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: To debut this year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro will make his big-league debut later this season, according to general manager Al Avila, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. "We haven't really discussed an exact date yet," Avila said. "We will bring him up sometime this season and give him some opportunity to play."

It is unusual for a general manager to state that a top prospect will debut later in a season, but it's nice for our purposes to know that he can safely be stashed in very deep redraft leagues. Castro has a chance to be the Tigers' shortstop of the future if he makes a good impression. The 22-year-old switch hitter is slashing .292/.362/.422 with six home runs and 17 steals (on 21 attempts) in 464 plate appearances at Triple-A. His above-average speed is the top selling point for fantasy.

May 31, 2019 05:20 PM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Promotion not imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro hasn't been discussed for a potential promotion from Triple-A Toledo to aid the Tigers' injury-plagued middle infield, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

With the Tigers' Opening Day starters at shortstop (Jordy Mercer) and second base (Josh Harrison) both out indefinitely, Detroit has been leaning mostly on Niko Goodrum and Ronny Rodriguez to fill in at the two positions. The Tigers may soon be motivated to try their luck with other depth options, as both Goodrum and Rodriguez are hitting under .200 over the past two weeks while striking out at prodigious rates. If the Tigers decide to transition Goodrum back into more of a super-utility role and/or Rodriguez is demoted, it doesn't appear the hot-hitting Castro would be next in line to replace either player. General manager Al Avila said in spring training the team intended to keep the switch-hitting shortstop at Triple-A until September, and McCosky notes that the prevailing belief within the organization is that that plan is still in place. Castro certainly looks ready for a stiffer test while he maintains a gaudy .351/.425/.523 slash line and manageable 21.3 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A, but the Tigers apparently still have some reservations about the 22-year-old's defense. It's always possible that Detroit changes its stance with Castro's big-league ETA, but for now, all signs point to him remaining with Toledo for at least a couple more months.

March 10, 2019 10:24 AM
Tigers' Willi Castro: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Castro was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, Jason Beck of reports.

Castro made enough of an impression early in spring training that manager Rod Gardenhire indicated he could see time at shortstop for the Tigers at some point this season. Nonetheless, the 21-year-old will begin the season at Triple-A, where he saw five games of action in 2018 after a late-season promotion.

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