JESUS CASTILLO, SHORTSTOP
Born: September 1, 2002
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 160
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Venezuela
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Pirates signed Castillo as a shortstop and he has the athleticism to stay there.  He grew some before signing and still probably needs to get stronger.

2020
DNP

2021
DSL:  245/341/272, 147 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 17 BB, 30 K, 15-20 SB

Castillo did a good job of getting on base, but didn’t hit for any power.  He showed good speed on the bases.  He played second, third and short, appearing the most at second.  Javier Rivas got the most time at short.  Castillo’s error totals were low for that level.

2022
R:  352/439/383, 128 AB, 4 2B, 17 BB, 18 K, 9-15 SB

Castillo had a strong season, with excellent plate discipline.  The big drawback, obviously, was the lack of power.  He played second, third and short, most commonly second, and was very steady defensively.  He made only six errors total, which again is low for the level.

Castillo took a big step forward in 2022.  It’d help going forward if he hit for more power.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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