It was not long ago that White Sox Manager Rick Renteria and new catcher Welington Castillo were united in a different Chicago locker room. In 2014, Renteria’s lone season with the Cubs, Renteria and Castillo were together for one year. Coming off a career year in 2017 which saw Castillo slug 20 home runs and post a .282 batting average for the Baltimore Orioles, Castillo is excited to be reunited with his old manager.
“It’s helped a lot” Castillo said of the trust he and Renteria have in each other from their year together on the Cubs, “I know him and he knows me. He knows what kind of person and what kind of player I am.” “I think that will help a lot”
Castillo believes that his relationship with Renteria will translate into success on the field as he gets to know the young White Sox pitching staff. “I’m going to get used to the pitching staff, like, really quick because that’s the kind of person I am” Castillo told reporters.
When asked what attracted Castillo to Chicago, he mentioned how both the organization and Castillo himself think he can help guide both the pitchers already in the majors and the younger pitchers in the farm system. “The pitching staff is really young and they think that I can help them” Castillo said. He then cited Renteria as a major factor in his coming back to Chicago “He’s a great guy, a great manager, he will stay positive all the time, that’s one of the major reasons why I’m here and I want to help this team win”
When asked about the young pitching staff, and whether he was impressed with not just how they pitch, but the way they carry themselves as well, Castillo remained positive, “They way they manage themselves has been really really good, I see them working out in the weight room and I hear the way they present themselves, it’s like, pro.”
Castillo says the age of the young staff should be of no concern to the White Sox. “I don’t really worry a lot, about the age of everybody, because I know they have the talent.”
Castillo says he understand his main role with this young staff is making sure he prepares for them for life as major leaguers. “All that I’m thinking about doing is to get on their mind, and make them think you belong here, you can do this. It’s not just about throwing hard, it’s about staying focused, and know what you want to do”
Castillo’s confidence in the young pitching staff is encouraging. Castillo expressed excitement and admiration about working with Don Cooper and the pitching staff. Despite it only being the first day of (full squad workouts) camp, Castillo seems more than confident in his ability to help lead this young pitching staff and help them reach their full potential both on and off the field.