After last year I would have thought so but he hasnt looked nearly as good this year.
Judging from what I have read the Cubs FO drafts catching types that they expect to have good .OBP and good defensive skills...Castillo has easily fit this description at times and at other times has been well above it.
So I am no expert on players but rather than dig into a bunch of stats I will make these comments and then you guys if need be can prove me wrong
Last year he really started hitting the ball well the 2nd half. Even more impressive was the amount of walks he was taking. His power was still fairly average but then his season ended with injury. This year he didnt get off to a great start but one noticeable difference was it appeared he was hitting with more power...he was projected to have about 15 HR this year...and then again he got hurt. Since coming back he looks lost.
This is where he becomes a keeper if things start showing up like last year. We have let players run wild on us this year....Castillo has missed a lot of the season so I cant give him all the blame....but the fact he threw out 37 percent of basestealers last year makes me ask, what happened??? Does he still have a good arm...apparently yes since he threw out the fastest man in baseball this year. He is still one of the best I have seen at blocking balls in the dirt and the quick throw to first...One thing he does need to improve on is framing...I think he is probably below average in this category...making a strike look like a ball is a bad thing.
I have looked over the top 10 prospects and although I do think we could make a trade for some of them I ultimately am not ready to give up on Castillo. So with this skill set you kinda wonder why the FO hasnt given him that fat contract yet? Well to me and likely management Castillo's biggest issue now is he hasnt been able to stay healthy.
I think a strong and HEALTHY second half will go a long way...He is arbitration eligible next year...for Castillo its likely now or never, at least with the Cubs.