Heading into spring training, Castillo will be in the starter role to prove his worth. He started last season in Triple-A Iowa and then took over the starting role when Geovany Soto was traded to the Texas Rangers. Only playing in 52 games, Castillo hit 5 home runs 22 runs batted in and had a batting average of .265.
With Navarro being the backup, the starting job is Castillo's to lose. Over the off-season Castillo has been working hard to get to where he will be on opening day. He recently skipped playing in the winter league to have five more weeks to work out and train. He also has turned down to play in the World Baseball Classic to start spring training with the Cubs.
Showing a lot of dedication and work ethic in the off-season, the Cubs hope that Castillo can fill the hole behind the plate and become their starting catcher. Even though Castillo is only 25, many think that he has the potential to be a solid starter for the Cubs. Looking to Navarro for wisdom and advice, this should help Castillo mature as a catcher and gain his part for the future.
With the young Cubs team Castillo could join the nucleus of Castro and Rizzo. I am hoping that Castillo can fill that hole so that can give the Cubs one less thing to worry about. He brings lots of potential this year and hopefully can become a star. How do you feel about Castillo being the starter? Please leave your comments below...and Go Cubs Go!!