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Report: Yankees Sign Catcher Castillo To MiLB Contract

Yesterday, Jon Heyman reported that the New York Yankees had signed free agent catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor-league contract.

Castillo, 32, has had a long career in the minors after making his professional debut during the 2004 season.  He was originally signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as a non-drafted free agent in 2002.

He made his major-league debut on September 2, 2008, when he was called up to the Cincinnati Reds.  Between the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Castillo appeared in a total of 22 games for the Reds, earning a .314 batting average over 35 at bats.

Through his minor-league career, he owns a combined .271 batting average in 930 games and 3281 at bats.  He has hit 55 home runs, 25 triples, and 170 doubles over that time as well as drove in 374 runs.

Last season Castillo was in the Toronto Blue Jays organization where he split the season between Triple-A Buffalo and Double-A New Hampshire.  Between the two levels, he hit just .229 in 51 total games.

This off-season he has been playing in the Dominican Winter League where with the Leones del Escogido he is hitting .314 with two home runs, three doubles, and 12 RBIs in 25 games.

In 2007 Castillo was named a mid-season and post-season All-Star in the Southern League for Mobile.  After the 2007 season, Baseball America ranked him the 14th best prospect in the Diamondbacks farm system and rated him as the organization’s best defensive catcher.

This is a simple depth move.  Castillo will likely spend time in Double-A and Triple-A, filling in where the Yankees need some extra catching help.

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