The New York Yankees signed infielder Diego Castillo as part of their 2014 international signing class to a $750,000 signing bonus out of Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
The Yankees assigned Castillo to the Dominican Summer League Yankees 1 squad where he played 56 games and produced a .331/.373/.444 slash line with 11 doubles and eight triples while driving in 40 runs. He stole five bases out of six attempts. He played shortstop in every game he appeared in the field.
Castillo was promoted to the Gulf Coast League Yankees West team where he played 44 games resulting in a slash line of .267/.332/.327 with seven doubles, one home run and driving in eight runs. Once again, Castillo spent all his time in the field at shortstop.
Castillo continued his climb up the ladder with a promotion to the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. In 118 games, he put up a slash line of .263/.310/.315. Of his 122 hits, he had 15 doubles, three triples, and one home run. He swiped nine bags on 14 attempts. In the field, Castillo split time between shortstop (65 games), second base (53 games) and third base (1 game).
Castillo is a good fielder, throws right, whether he’s playing shortstop or second base. He has a strong throwing arm and good hands in the field. Castillo bats from the right side of the plate, and he knows he’s not a power and hitter and tries to make contact up the middle and to right field. He has good speed and agility which he is working on using to his advantage when running the bases. He needs to develop patience at the plate so that he can get on base and learn how to use his speed. Castillo is well liked in the clubhouse by his teammates, and he meshed well in the middle infield no matter who he was teamed with.
Diego Castillo figures to start the year with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Tarpons. He was a very steady player in Charleston and has earned a promotion. He will most likely spend the season with Tampa.