Wilkin Castillo is the hero in his first MLB game in 10 years

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Marlins catcher has a 3-game hitting streak, spanning a decade

Wilkin Castillo hit a two-run double for the Marlins on Saturday, driving home the go-ahead run for Miami against the Phillies. But what made Castillo’s feat special was that it was his first major league game in a decade.

Castillo signed a minor league deal in spring training with Miami, his seventh major league organization in the last 10 years. He was called up to the Marlins on Friday and started at catcher on Saturday, his first major league game in 10 years and two days.

Castillo’s last two MLB games:

  • June 20, 2009: pinch-hit RBI single for the Reds against the White Sox in the seventh inning
  • June 22, 2019: 1-for-3, two-run double for Miami in the seventh inning

He actually has a three-game hitting streak, dating back to June 1, 2009. It’s the longest-running active hit streak in the majors.

In between those major league games, when he went from a 25-year-old prospect to a grizzled 35-year-old veteran, Castillo played 390 games in Triple-A, 55 more in Double-A, as well as 84 games for three Mexican League teams and 20 games in the independent Atlantic League. That’s 549 total minor league games in between time in the bigs, plus another 265 games in the Dominican Winter League, where he has played in each of the last 13 offseasons.

Not a bad way to stay sharp over the last decade. After all, that next major league stint could come at any time.

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