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Cubs call up Castillo. Clevenger to DL.

Cubs call up Castillo.  Clevenger to DL.

A tweet by ESPN's Enrique Rojas that the Cubs had called up catching prospect Welington Castillo had sent the twitterverse into a speculating frenzy, much of it centered around a possible trade of Geovany Soto.

I thought Soto may have gotten hurt going from first to home in the 9th on Reed Johnson's triple.  He'd had groin issues during spring training and it seemed logical to assume he may have aggravated it.

Instead, according to Paul Sullivan of the Tribune, it's rookie Steve Clevenger who is headed to the DL with a side injury.  It's not thought to be serious but the Cubs didn't want to take any chances.

Castillo is a different type of player than Clevenger.  He hits right-handed for starters but he also has more power and a stronger throwing arm.  He probably won't hit for as high an average as Clevenger will, though he has improved his approach at the plate and should be able to coax a few walks to bump up that OBP a little.  Castillo is considered the better prospect and the one more likely to become an everyday player in time.

For Iowa, Castillo had a .320/.435/.520 line with 2 HRs.  He is expected to be activated for the game on Saturday.

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  • I wonder how long it will take for someone to test Castillo's arm on the bases?

    Moving forward, the Cubs could have an interesting advantage where they could have a true 2 headed monster at the catcher position. Two very different players, who are both quality players.

    I'd be curious to know how much 'freshness' effects a catcher's overall performance. If there was a way to measure it.

  • In reply to Cameron Macpherson:

    Catcher is a demanding position. I think if you have a solid backup like Clevenger, you can give them 40-50 starts and keep Castillo from wearing down late in the season.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    If both perform, how easy is it to hold on to both for a while? They both have very minimal service time, but are in their mid-20s

  • In reply to Cameron Macpherson:

    I think they can hang on to both. Clevenger is probably a backup, albeit one who could get more than a normal backup number of ABs. Assuming it shakes out as Castillo starter/Clevenger backup, it's possible that if he performs very well for 6 years, he may look to move on and start somewhere.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    At least Sveum has shown a willingness to play kids. Last year you had September callups brought up with great interest...only to keep the bench warm.

  • In reply to Cameron Macpherson:

    I do like that about him. He gives these young guys a shot. Dolis is getting big innings, Campana is going to get a lot of starts, Clevenger gets a good amount of ABs for a backup.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    All things we know wouldn't have happened under Quade....if he were here Reed Johnson would be our everyday centerfielder and Jeff baker would get all of Mather's playing time even though mather has been the better play to this point. Man I'm glad that's over. I still believe he had a big hand in ruining Tyler Colvin.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    It's refreshing. We had two guys last year, Hendry and Quade, who seemed more interested in saving their jobs at times -- though I will say Hendry did go out with class and helped the Cubs transition even after he knew he was fired.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Colvin's got some consistent playing time this year and is hitting a lot better than Ian Stewart so far. They talk about Stewart's defense, but that definitely wasn't on display yesterday. I'm not giving up on the guy, just saying Colvin wasn't ruined (despite Quade) and Colorado may end up getting the better of that deal.

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    John, speaking of injuries, is McNutt hurt? He only went 3 innings, but his box score wouldn't indicate that he struggled.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Doing the minor league recap now. He just came of the DL. Blister problems again and I think they were just trying to play it safe.

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