By Jerry Del Priore
The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League today announced that they’ve sold the contract of Wilkin Castillo, a Bronx resident and ex-Cincinnati Reds catcher, to the New York Yankees organization. He will report to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Castillo, 33, played in 20 tilts for the Ducks this season, totaling the second-best batting average in the Atlantic League among receivers at .314. In addition, he smacked two home runs, 12 RBI, four doubles, one triple, scored 10 runs, and had an impressive .400 on-base percentage.
Defensively, Castillo was sold as well, committing just one error behind the dish and caught six would-be base stealers.
No stranger to New York minor leagues, the Dominican Republic native returns to the Yankees system after splitting the 2017 campaign between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Castillo played in 59 games between both stops, recording three dingers, 13 RBI, 18 runs, eight doubles and 11 walks in 189 at-bats. He looks to return to the Major Leagues after spending parts of two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 and 2009, hitting .314 with two RBI, six runs and one double over 22 contests.
Castillo has a career minor league average of .267 with 58 long balls and 387 RBI in 17 years of affiliated ball.