Who Should I Draft?

Welington Castillo or Robinson Chirinos (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
51 of 57 experts
11%
Recommended by
6 of 57 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 151# 193
Best Rank# 100# 115
Worst Rank# 247# 259
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 224# 252
Best Rank# 202# 191
Worst Rank# 316# 354
   
Projections 
   
Runs3943
Home Runs1415
RBI4647
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.252.216
   
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# 158
   
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# 169# 180
   
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The Athletic
# 178# 184
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 188
   
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USA Today
# 173
   
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Razzball
# 148# 182
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 157# 165
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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# 161
   
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# 160
   
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# 169
   
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# 178
   
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# 133# 170
   
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# 162
   
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# 158
   
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BRoto Fantasy
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# 116# 251
   
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FanGraphs
# 151# 177
   
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# 174
   
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# 167
   
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# 138# 115
   
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CBS Sports
# 146# 143
   
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# 171# 166
   
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# 172# 167
   
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Beast Dome
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RotoBaller
# 235# 220
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats170360
   
Runs1748
   
Hits4480
   
Singles3146
   
Doubles715
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs618
   
RBI1565
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks945
   
Strikeouts46140
   
Batting Average.259.222
   
On Base Pct.304.338
   
Slugging Pct.406.419
   
On-base Plus Slugging.710.758
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats355319
   
Runs3943
   
Hits8969
   
Singles6038
   
Doubles1513
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs1415
   
RBI4647
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks2436
   
Strikeouts100111
   
Batting Average.252.216
   
On Base Pct.299.295
   
Slugging Pct.416.410
   
On-base Plus Slugging.715.705
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Robinson Chirinos
C - HOU
Robinson Chirinos
News 
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-3 with a grand slam in an 11-10 loss to the Mariners on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
Robinson Chirinos went 3-for-4 with two home runs, six RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 15-0 win over the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 10th
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a 7-1 win over the Indians on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Robinson Chirinos went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk, and an additional run scored in Tuesday's 15-1 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 28th
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a 10-7 loss to the Braves on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
Robinson Chirinos went 4-for-4 with a double, and a solo home run in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 22nd
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 5-3 win over the Tigers in the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 7th
Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Indians.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 31st
 The White Sox activated Welington Castillo (oblique) off the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 16th
Robinson Chirinos went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk in Monday's 11-1 win over the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 23rd
Notes 
 Castillo only saw 49 games worth of action last season, but his bat was still quality when he played. Over the last five years, he averages 26 homers with a .261 BA and 85 RBIs per 162 games, so now that he is starting, fantasy owners can expect useful production out of him.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Chirinos likely won't get 450 at-bats like some of the other names above him, but he is the starter for Houston which should come with it's share of runs and RBIs. The batting average clearly won't be ideal, but his 15 to 20 HR power off-sets that pain.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Castillo was a top-eight catcher in 2017 and was off to a good start in 2018 before receiving an 80-game PED suspension in late May. He returned from the suspension and a brief DL stint in September, but didn't do much down the stretch. He's unlikely to match his career-best 2017 season, but barring a dramatic decline in production post-PEDs, Castillo should be able to hit around .260 with 15-20 home runs and be a serviceable starting catcher in 10- and 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Chirinos' 35 home runs over the last two seasons ranks eighth at the catcher position, and it has translated to back-to-back seasons in which Chirinos has finished as a top-12 fantasy catcher in 5x5 roto leagues, including a top-seven finish last year. He's expected to serve as the Astros' starting catcher after signing a one-year deal in the offseason, and while he'll likely bat at the bottom of the order, Chirinos should benefit from a good hitting environment and a lineup that is strong from top to bottom. He's likely to be a drain on batting average considering his high strikeout rate, but the pop is legit. Look his way if you're hunting for a sleeper at the position.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Catcher was bleak enough before losing Salvador Perez, so Castillo stands out as a fine choice for those who punt the position. An avalanche of injuries led him to post a middling .308 wOBA in 49 games, but he clobbered 53 homers over the previous three seasons. The career .259/.318/.427 hitter could combine a solid average with 15 long balls.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros