Who Is Venezuelan Infielder Diego Castillo Back With New York Yankees After Two Years Away?

Published 01/20/2024, 7:10 AM EST

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Remember the kid the New York Yankees snagged out of Venezuela years ago? Diego Castillo, the utility infielder who can play just about anywhere on the diamond, is back in pinstripes after an adventure across the National League. 

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It wasn’t all sunshine and home runs, but Castillo quietly raked in the minors, proving he’s got the on-base skills and defensive versatility to be a valuable weapon for the Bombers. Buckle up, Yankee fans, because Castillo is ready to make his second act in the Bronx a Bronx blockbuster!

Diego Castillo, a Venezuelan who played across the leagues to live his baseball dream

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From sun-drenched Venezuelan streets to the Major League lights, Diego Castillo’s baseball journey is a testament to grit, talent, and wanderlust. The New York Yankees scooped him up at just 17 years of age. After steady minor league climbs, he reached the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2021.

His rookie year saw hits and home runs, but it wasn’t enough to stick. Undeterred, Castillo embraced his inner baseball globetrotter. An Arizona Diamondbacks trade followed, and though Major League action was scarce, he crushed the Triple-A. He bounced between the Anchorage Bucs and the D-Backs, finding most of his success in the minors. But don’t let the lack of Major League appearances fool you.

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This dude can mash—in Triple-A, that is. He raked last season with a .313 average and a sky-high on-base percentage, proving he can get on base consistently. Sure, the home runs weren’t plentiful, but hey, even Aaron Judge can’t go deep every time.

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Designated for assignment again, Diego Castillo’s story could have ended. But not for this dreamer. At 26, with talent and hustle in his pocket, Castillo’s next chapter is being written in pinstriped letters—once again. He’s got some wheels on him too, swiping 13 bags just last year. So, what does this mean for the New York Yankees?

Projections for Castillo in 2024: Is he primed for a strong season?

Well, Baseball Reference predicts a solid season for Castillo—a cool .231 average with 8 homers and 11 doubles in around 208 at-bats. Not bad for a depth piece! He’ll likely start in the minors, honing his skills and waiting for his big-league call-up. But with the Yankees’ infield looking a bit undercrowded (thanks, Josh Donaldson!), an opportunity could knock sooner than expected.

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Castillo’s return to the New York Yankees is a reminder that sometimes the best journeys aren’t straight lines. They’re winding paths through different ballparks, learning new tricks, and proving your worth—one stolen base and Triple-A tear at a time. So, Yankee fans, keep an eye on Diego Castillo. This globetrotting infielder might just be the Bronx Bomber you didn’t know you needed.

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Written by:

Shrabana Sengupta

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"Those who gaze outward dream, but those who turn inward awaken." A pro-writer for MLB EssentiallySports, I’ve been a fan of the New York Yankees since my school days. In my adolescent years, I was introduced to the iconic franchise through one of my beloved Friends characters, Joey.
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Deepanshi Bajaj

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