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Willi Castro
Castro with the Lake County Captains in 2016
Detroit Tigers – No. 49
Born: (1997-04-24) April 24, 1997 (age 23)
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 24, 2019, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.297
Home runs7
Runs batted in32

Willi Rafael Castro Capellan (born April 24, 1997) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Cleveland Indians

Castro signed with the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent in July 2013.[1] He made his professional debut in 2014 with the Arizona League Indians and spent the whole season there, batting .239 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 43 games. He played 2015 with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, where he batted .264 with one home run, 25 RBIs and twenty stolen bases, and 2016 with the Lake County Captains and Lynchburg Hillcats, posting a combined .258 batting average with seven home runs and 49 RBIs. In 2017, Castro played for Lynchburg where he batted .290 with a career high 11 home runs along with 58 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and a .761 OPS.[2] The Indians added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[3]

MLB.com ranked Castro as Cleveland's fifth best prospect going into the 2018 season.[4] He opened the 2018 season with the Akron RubberDucks.

Detroit Tigers

On July 31, 2018, Castro was traded to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Leonys Martín and Kyle Dowdy.[5] Following the trade, he split the rest of the season between the Erie SeaWolves and the Toledo Mud Hens. He opened the 2019 season back with Toledo.

On August 24, 2019, the Tigers selected Castro's contract and promoted him to the major leagues.[6] He made his major league debut that night versus the Minnesota Twins, going 2-for-4.[7] On September 22, Castro hit his first major league home run off Josh Osich of the Chicago White Sox.[8] He ended the season hitting .230 with 1 home run in 30 games.

Castro began the 2020 season at the Tigers' satellite training camp in Toledo. He was recalled to the major league club on August 13, 2020.[9] In 129 at-bats during the 2020 season, Castro hit .349 with 6 home runs and 24 RBI.


  1. ^ Sports, Plain Dealer. "Willi Castro streaking for Lynchburg Hillcats: Cleveland Indians Minor Leagues". cleveland.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Willi Castro Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Hoynes, Paul; clevel; .com. "Cleveland Indians add four to 40-man roster; claim Refsnyder; DFA Crockett, Baker". cleveland.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Tribe's 2018 Top 30 Prospects list is 100% homegrown". MLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Fenech, Anthony (July 31, 2018). "Detroit Tigers trade Leonys Martin to Indians for infield prospect". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  6. ^ Woodbery, Evan (2019-08-24). "Tigers call up shortstop prospect Willi Castro". mlive.com. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  7. ^ "Detroit Tigers' Willi Castro collects 2 hits in debut, an 8-5 loss to Twins". The Star Tribune. Detroit Free Press. August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Beck, Jason (September 22, 2019). "Tigers use the long ball to take down White Sox". MLB.com. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Williams, Lauren (August 13, 2020). "Willi Castro comes out swinging in 2020 season debut for the Tigers". MLive.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
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