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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: WELLINGTON CASTILLO BECOMES MORE INTERESTING AFTER SIGNING WITH BALTIMORE

Heading into the 2016 fantasy baseball season, one my better fantasy baseball sleeper candidates sat behind the plate in the form of the Arizona Diamondbacks' Wellington Castillo.  While Castillo was no Buster Posey, he was also a productive catcher with the bat in terms of having 15-18 home run power and a batting average that won't kill you.  As always, I am an avowed follower of drafting catchers in the late-to-mid-rounds in looking for value given the risks of picking one of the few top options early on.  While Castillo did not light the world on fire, he was still very solid as he batted .264 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 416 at-bats.  Again not earth-shattering numbers but they still put Castillo in top 12 status among backstops for fantasy baseball purposes.  Now after inking a one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, Castillo winds up gaining a bit more fantasy baseball value given the massive power leanings of his new home ballpark and for the fact he can now DH on occasions if needed.  Castillo no doubt will better his 416 at-bats from a year ago and that alone should give him another 2-3 home runs and a run at 75 RBI is not out of the question.  Yes Castillo still strikes out too much to be more than a .265 average guy but Castillo is shaping up as one of the best catchers values yet again this season.  We are buying.  

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