Married Kissairy … has two sons: Welington Jr. and Jeremiah...Instagram: @Welington_Castillo...Attended San Isidro El Bonito school in Santo Domingo.
Was limited to just 49 games after receiving an 80-game suspension for violating terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program l Batted .286/.340/.408 vs. left-handers, .319/.373/.420 during the day and .361/.378/.583 during interleague play ... Pitchers posted a 5.18 ERA (204 ER/354.1 IC) when he was behind the plate … threw out 8-31 (25.8 percent) attempted basestealers ... Hit a game-winning, two-run double in the eighth inning on 3/31 at Kansas City, capping a three-run rally en route to a 4-3 Sox win … it marked his eighth career go-ahead hit in the eighth or later (last, home run on 5/19/17 vs. Toronto) ... Recorded his sixth career multihomer game on 4/2 at Toronto and his third against the Blue Jays ... Left the game on 4/10 vs. Tampa Bay with right knee soreness … returned to the lineup on 4/16 at Oakland, going 1-3 … connected on a solo homer on 4/26 at Kansas City ... Recorded a RBI in three straight games from 5/17-20 … capped a four-run, eighth-inning rally with a game-winning, two-run single on 5/17 vs. Texas … the Sox trailed, 2-0, with two outs and nobody on base in the eighth prior to the rally ... Was placed on MLB's Restricted List for 80 games on 5/24 … was batting .267 (31-116) with six homers and 15 RBI at the time of the suspension ... Appeared in 10 games with Class AAA Charlotte from 8/17-9/2 during a rehab assignment … was placed on the disabled list on 8/23 (right shoulder inflammation) to continue his rehab … was returned from the rehab assignment and reinstated from the disabled list on 9/2 ... Was 6-12 with a double and three runs scored over three games from 9/21-23 vs. the Cubs.
Batted .282 (96-341) with a career-high 20 home runs, 53 RBI, 44 runs scored and a .490 slugging percentage in his only season with Baltimore...Led all major league catchers by throwing out 44.4 percent (20-45) of attempted baserunners … ranked second among American League catchers in average and fourth in homers and slugging...Hit .344 (32-93) with a .570 slugging percentage vs. left-handers, .308 (20-65) with RISP and .313 (46-147) after the All-Star Break...Was on the 10-day disabled list from 5/1-15 with right shoulder tendinitis, including a rehab assignment with Class AA Bowie (5/13-15)...Recorded his fourth career multihomer game on 5/19 vs. Toronto, including his first career walkoff home run, a two-run shot off Jason Grilli in the 10th inning … added a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh on 5/20 vs. the Blue Jays...Became the third player in Orioles history to hit three lead-changing homers in the sixth inning or later over a two-game span, joining Boog Powell (1966) and Charles Johnson (2000)...Was on the disabled list for the second time from 5/31-6/9 with a testicular injury suffered on 5/30 vs. the Yankees...Registered a career-high, 10-game hitting streak from 7/24-8/10, going 15-37 (.405) with three home runs and seven RBI...Batted .371 (23-62) with six home runs and 14 RBI over 17 games in August... Went 4-4 with a home run and three RBI on 8/30 vs. Seattle … Andy Etchebarren (9/28/73) was the only other catcher in Orioles history to go 4-4 with three-plus RBI in a game (Elias)... Recorded his fifth career multihomer game and second of the season on 9/3 vs. Toronto (also 5/19 vs. Blue Jays), including a game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning...Hit his 20th home run on 9/15 at the Yankees to set a career high and become the seventh Orioles player in 2017 to record 20-plus.
Hit .264 (110-for-416) with 24 doubles, 14 home runs, and 68 RBI in 113 games for the Diamondbacks...Set career highs in hits, at-bats, doubles, and RBI and matched his career high in games played... Ranked third among NL catchers with 32 homers from 2015-16, trailing Yasmani Grandal (43) and Wilson Ramos (37)... His extra-base hit (58) and RBI (68) total were each ffth-most by a catcher in D-backs history...Threw out 34.4 pct. of attempted base stealers (21-for-61), the best percentage among NL catchers (min. 750.0 IP) and the third-best mark in D-backs history behind Miguel Montero (36.8 pct. in 2011) and Damian Miller (35.9 in 2002)... Collected 38 RBI after the All-Star Break, tied for third most among all catchers (also Russell Martin and Buster Posey)...Only Gary Sanchez (42) and Jonathan Lucroy (39) had more...Batted .317 (19-for-60) with three doubles, two home runs, and 26 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs... In 26 games during the daytime, hit .329 (27-for-82) with seven doubles, two homers, and 15 RBI, the 10th best average in the NL (min. 75 AB)... Tallied six home runs in April, matching his career single-month high (also August 2015)...Had four straight multi-RBI games from 4/20-25, matching the D-backs record... Matched his career high of fve consecutive games with a RBI on two occasions, 7/22-29 and 8/28-9/3... His eight-game hitting streak from 8/2-22 tied his career high (also 7/3-17/15)... Placed on the Paternity Leave List on 8/9 for the birth of his second son, Jeremiah...Transferred to the Bereavement List shortly after...Reinstated from the Bereavement List and matched a career high with four hits on 8 15 vs. NYM...It was the frst four (or more) hit effort by a D-backs catcher in a 9.0-inning game since Wil Nieves on 9/23/12 at COL
Combined to hit .237 (81-for-342) with 15 doubles, 19 home runs and 57 RBI in 110 games with the Cubs, Mariners and Dbacks…set career highs in home runs, runs scored (42) and RBI…Appeared in 80 games with Arizona and batted .255 (70-for- 274) with 13 doubles, 17 home runs and 50 RBI…Averaged 1 RBI per 5.48 plate appearances with Arizona (10.71 between Chicago and Seattle)…Led the NL with 18 home runs as a catcher, fourth most in the Majors…Began the season with the Cubs and played in 24 games before being traded to the Mariners on May 19 for RHP Yoervis Medina…Acquired from Seattle on June 3 with OF Gabriel Guerrero, RHP Dominic Leone and INF Jack Reinheimer for LHP Vidal Nuño and INF Mark Trumbo…Collected a RBI in a career-high 5 straight games from June 17- 25 (6 total)…6 homers over a road trip from July 27-Aug. 6 tied for the second most on a single D-backs trip (also: Matt Williams in 1999)…Became the first D-back catcher to triple and homer in the same game on Aug. 10 vs. Phillies…also tied his career high with 4 RBI (also: May 17, 2012 vs. Phillies).
Welington hit a career-best 13 home runs, equaling the total he hit in his previous two seasons combined, and went on to bat .237 (90-for-380) with 19 doubles and 46 RBI in 110 games for the Cubs...Threw out 26 of 83 baserunners attempting to steal (31.3 percent), including eight of nine from August 30-September 16...His 26 baserunners caught stealing ranked third in the N.L. and tied for fourth in the majors ...San Diego's Rene Rivera led with 29...His 31.3 percent success rate was fifth-best in the N.L...Finished with a .993 fielding percentage (6 E/883 TC) ...Allowed seven passed balls...Was 39-for-134 (.291) with two outs in an inning ... of his 46 RBI, 25 came with two outs in an inning...Hit .301 (28-for-93) against left-handed pitching ...Produced a .216 average (62-for-287) against righthanders...Batted .394 (13-for-33) when putting the first pitch in play...Five times tied his career mark with two walks, last done on August 5 at Colorado...Had a career-high three doubles, May 2 vs. the Cardinals … was the first Cubs backstop to turn the trick since Damon Berryhill on Sept. 16, 1990 in St. Louis...Placed on the disabled list, June 3 (retroactive to June 2), with left rib cage inflammation suffered on June 1 in Milwaukee...Played in two injury rehabilitation games with Triple-A Iowa, June 20-21, going 3-for-8 before he was activated, June 22...Hit .286 (18-for-63) in the season's final month ...Had four doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in 19 September contests...Belted his 13th, and final, homer of the season, September 23 vs. St. Louis - a go-ahead two-run shot off Shelby Miller ...Added a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to give Chicago a 4-3 win.
Welington spent his first full season in the majors with Chicago, appearing in 113 games, including 107 starts behind the plate ... hit .274 (104-for-380) with 23 doubles, eight homers and 32 RBI before missing the final nine games of the season due to a partial tear of the meniscus in his right knee ... had successful arthroscopic surgery, September 23... His 28 multi-hit efforts ranked fifth among N.L. catchers... His 2.8 defensive WAR (wins above replacement) ranked first among all major league catchers... Threw out 21 of 88 (23.9 percent) baserunners attempting to steal... Had a .988 fielding percentage (10 E/825 TC) and allowed eight passed balls... Batted .290 (53-for-183) at home, 31 points higher than his .259 road mark (51-for-197)... Hit .324 (24-for-74) in 24 road games following the All-Star break... Hit .282 (82-for-291) against righthanders ... had a .247 average (22-for-89) against southpaws... Hit .312 in April, but batted .230 in May ... posted a .288 average in July... Had three six-game hitting streaks, April 5-12 (.435/10-for-23), June 20-29 (.375/9-for-24) and August 28-September 7 (.450/9-for-20) - each was one-game shy of his career-high seven-game hitting streak done in 2012... Collected two doubles, April 1 in Pittsburgh, in his first career Opening Day start … was the first Cub with two extra-base hits on Opening Day since Kosuke Fukudome in 2008 (double, home run)... Recorded a career-high four hits, April 18 vs. the Rangers … finished the game 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored... Marked just the second time in the last five seasons that a Cubs catcher recorded four hits in a game … Geovany Soto had four hits vs. the Marlins, July 14, 2011... Tied his season high with two doubles, May 13 vs. the Rockies... Drew a walk in a career-high four-straight games, May 23-27, after coaxing just one walk in his first 36 games... Recorded his first career multi-homer effort, September 10 in Cincinnati... Left September 19's game in Milwaukee with right knee soreness after running down the first base line in the sixth inning ... diagnosed with a partial tear of his meniscus... Had his right knee scoped, September 23.
Welington spent a majority of the season at the big league level, appearing in 52 games for Chicago ... he hit .265 (45-for-170) with 11 doubles, five homers and 22 RBI, and made 46 starts behind the plate for the Cubs...Opened the year with Triple-A Iowa ... was recalled by Chicago, April 26, when Steve Clevenger landed on the D.L. with a strained oblique...Optioned to Iowa, June 18, but was recalled, July 31...Hit .476 (20-for-42) with a 1.199 OPS against left-handed pitching ... had a .195 batting average (25-for-128) against righties...Batted 48 points higher on the road (.289/24-for-83) than at home (.241/21-for-87)...Posted a .311 batting average and a .386 on-base percentage in 42 games from May 17-September 26...Threw out seven of 40 baserunners attempting to steal...Allowed four passed balls and committed seven errors...Fifteen of his 22 RBI came with two outs in an inning ... batted .300 (18-for-60) with two outs in a frame...Recorded a career-high three hits, May 11 in Milwaukee...Drove in a career-high four runs, May 17 vs. Philadelphia...Placed on the 15-day disabled list, May 22 (retroactive to May 19), with a MCL sprain in his right knee...Played in five rehab games with Double-A Tennessee, batting .364 (4-for-11) with two homers and six RBI, before he was activated, June 14...Recorded a career-high seven-game hitting streak, spanning his two stints with the big league club, from June 16-August 8 ... batted .333 (9-for-27) with two homers and three RBI during the run...Batted .290 (20-for-69) in September with a .390 on-base percentage...Hit .260 (38-for-146) with six doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI in 44 games spanning two stints for Iowa.
Welington combined to hit .287 (79-for-275) with 15 doubles, 16 homers and 42 RBI in 75 games between Rookie-LeagueMesa, Single-A Daytona and Triple-A Iowa...saw action with the big league club for the second-straight season (four games)...Hit .154 (2-for-13) in four games, all starts behind the dish, with theCubs, May 11-29...Suffered a thumb injury during Spring Training and opened the seasonrehabbing with Daytona...hit .238 (10-for-42) with six runs, twodoubles, one homer and seven RBI in 12 games with the D-Cubs...Spent a majority of the season with Iowa, posting a .286 average (65-for-227) with 38 runs, nine doubles, 15 home runs and 35 RBI in 61games at the Triple-A level...Threw out 16 of 55 baserunners attempting to steal (29.1-percent) withIowa...Posted a .313 average (21-for-67) off southpaws compared to a .275mark (44-for-160) against right-handed pitchers at the Triple-A level...Boasted a career-high 15-game hitting streak, May 30-June 18...it wasthe longest hitting streak for the I-Cubs in 2011...Batted .357 (30-for-84) with 18 runs, 10 walks, six doubles, eighthome runs and 21 RBI in 22 June contests...his .714 slugging percentagein June ranked fourth in the Pacific Coast League...Tabbed PCL Batter of the Week, June 13-19, after batting .625 (10-for-16) with three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in four games...Belted a team-high and career-high six RBI on June 17 at Albuquerque...he went 2-for-4 with two runs and two three-run homers in the I-Cubs13-10 setback...it marked his second-career multi-homer game...Was on the seven-day disabled list, July 28-August 12, with a right hamstringstrain...he appeared in two rehab games with Rookie-LeagueArizona, going 4-for-6 (.667) with two runs and three doubles...Was shut down for the season, August 30, with a right hamstring strain.
Welington saw his first major league action, playing in seven games with the Cubs after spending the majority of theseason with Triple-A Iowa...batted .300 (6-for-20) with four doubles, a homer and five RBI for Chicago...Had two stints with the major league club: August 10-22 and September3 through the end of the season...Made his major league debut, August 11 in San Francisco, going1-for-3 as the starting catcher - collected his first career hit in his firstplate appearance, a double to left in the second inning off Barry Zito...Made five starts behind the dish...team went 2-3 in those contests...Knocked in October 1's game-winning run in Houston with a RBI-doublein the second inning...With Triple-A Iowa, batted .255 (61-for-239) with 17 doubles, 13 homersand 59 RBI in 69 contests...threw out 18 of 46 baserunners lookingto steal (39.1-percent)...Owned a .269 average (46-for-171) against right-handed pitchers atthe Triple-A level compared to a .221 mark (15-for-68) against southpaws...Boasted a .290 batting average (20-for-69) after the Triple-A All-Starbreak...hit 41-for-170 (.241) in the first half...Hit .270 or better in three separate months: April (.270), July (.277)and August (.286)...Played for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League.
Welington hit .232 (74-for-319) for Double-A Tennessee, collecting 16 doubles, 11 homers and 39 RBI in 95 games...Batted .263 (25-for-95) against left-handed pitching compared to a.219 mark (49-for-224) off right-handed pitchers...Posted a .318 average (41-for-129) with 12 doubles, five homers and21 RBI after the All-Star break...Went 3-for-11 (.273) with two doubles and eight RBI with the basesloaded...Enjoyed a season-high 12-game hitting streak, July 16-August 2...batted .457 (21-for-46) with eight multi-hit affairs during the stretch...Hit .282 (24-for-85) with nine doubles, one homer and 11 RBI in hisfinal 27 games of the season.
Welington spent a majority of the season with Double-A Tennessee, batting .298 (59-for-198) in 57 games...all told, played in 91 games between Single-A Daytona, Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, batting 93-for-324 (.287) with a career-high 93 hits, 19 doubles and 40 runs scored...Opened the season with Daytona and hit .273 (33-for-121) with eight doubles, 12 RBI, one stolen base and 15 runs scored in 33 games with the Cubs...Owned a .421 average (8-for-19) with four doubles and a .632 slugging percentage when hitting cleanup...was 18-for-54 (.333) in 16 home games for Daytona...Joined Tennessee, May 31...spent June 28-July 5 on the seven-day disabled list with a sore right thumb...Had a season-high, eight-game hitting streak, June 8-18, going 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles and four RBI in the stretch...With the Smokies, hit .453 (29-for-64) with six walks, five doubles, three homers and nine runs scored off lefties...garnered a .375 average (3-for-8) with six RBI with the bases loaded...Collected a season-high five hits August 18 at Montgomery...ended the contest 5-for-6 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored.
Welington spent the entire season at Single-A Peoria in his first full year behind the dish (86 games caught), batting .271 (86-for-317) in 98 games with the Chiefs...had spent the majority of 2005 and 2006 as a designated hitter...Posted a .323 average (31-for-96) with six doubles, two triples, four homers and 20 RBI against lefties, while hitting .249 (55-for-221) with five doubles, seven homers and 24 RBI off right-handed pitchers...Belted the second homer of his career in his second start with Peoria, April 10 at Burlington, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored...the three RBI set a season-high matched two more times...Set career marks in games, at bats, runs (41), home runs (11), RBI (44) and walks (23)...Collected his first career triple June 27 vs. Wisconsin...Batted .317 (20-for-63) in 19 August contests with four homers and 10 RBI.
Played just 10 games between Single-A Boise and Rookie-League Mesa in an injury-plagued second season, batting .188 (6-for-32) between the two clubs...was on the disabled list, July 6-September 11, with a sprained left ankle.
Welington spent 60 games with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team in his first professional season, batting .289 (59-for-204) with 14 doubles and 28 RBI as a designated hitter.
Welington saw his first major league action, playing in seven games with the Cubs after spending the majority of the season withTriple-A Iowa ... batted .300 (6-for-20) with four doubles, a homer and five RBI for Chicago. ... Had two stints with the major league club: August 10-22 and September3 through the end of the season. ... Made his major league debut, August 11 in San Francisco, going1-for-3 as the starting catcher -- collected his first career hit in his firstplate appearance, a double to left in the second inning off Barry Zito. ... Made five starts behind the dish ... team went 2-3 in those contests. ... Knocked in October 1's game-winning run in Houston with a RBI-doublein the second inning. ... With Triple-A Iowa, batted .255 (61-for-239) with 17 doubles, 13homers and 59 RBI in 69 contests ... threw out 18 or 46 baserunnerslooking to steal (39.1 percent). ... Owned a .269 average (46-for-171) against right-handed pitchers at theTriple-A level compared to a .221 mark (15-for-68) against southpaws. ... Boasted a .290 batting average (20-for-69) after the Triple-A All-Starbreak ... hit 41-for-170 (.241) in the first half. ... Hit .270 or better in three separate months: April (.270), July (.277) andAugust (.286). ... Played for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League.