By: Noah Wright
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White Sox catcher, Wellington Castillo, was hit with an 80-game suspension for PED use. Castillo signed a 2 year deal with The White Sox during the off-season. Castillo has produced a solid .267/.309/.466 line in his first 132 PA’s of the 2018 season. Castillo has been an average defender behind the plate (-5 DRS, 0 defensive WAR). He has also continued to throw runners out at a decent rate, at 32% of runners caught stealing this year.
Internally, The White Sox will likely use back-stop Omar Narvaez for now. They also have top prospect Zack Collins in double-A, but it’s likely they won’t rush him to the majors right now. The club could also look for options outside the organization. Carlos Ruiz and Geovany Soto still sit on the free agent market. They could also make a trade for a temporary solution. Padres’ back-up catcher A.J. Ellis has gotten off to a decent start, and Red Sox Blake Swihart could be DFA’ed soon, and Swihart had previously stated that he was requesting a trade.
UPDATE: White Sox claimed catcher Dustin Garneau off waivers from The A’s. This waiver claim, and the recent promotion of minor league catcher, Alfredo Gonzalez, gives The White Sox more depth after Castillo’s suspension.