Tigers in EST: Luis Castillo

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Luis Castillo signed a free agent contract with the Tigers as a 17-year-old in 2007.  The speedy center fielder made his professional debut that summer in the Venezuelan Summer League, but did not experience much success, posting a .232/.316/.311 slash line in 278 plate appearances.

Castillo was moved to the Dominican Summer League the following season, but did not perform much better, hitting .245 in 245 plate appearances.

Despite not hitting well in his first two professional seasons, Castillo was promoted stateside to the Gulf Coast League in 2009, where he continued to struggle at the plate, posting a .218/.271/.266 slash line.

Throughout his career, Castillo has shown very little ability to hit for power or average.  The scouting report on his TigsTown.com profile says he has good speed, but he has not had much success as a base-stealer, stealing 29 bases in three seasons while being caught 12 times.

Defense appears to be the strength of Castillo’s game.  TigsTown says he is a good defender who “gets good jumps and routes in the outfield.”

Considering his lack of offensive success, Castillo projects as a backup outfielder who could be useful as a defensive replacement.  He could be assigned to either Connecticut or the GCL in June.

Name: Luis Castillo

DOB: May 15, 1989

Birthplace: Aguadulce, Panama

Bats-Throws: Right-Right

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