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19TH DUCKS ALUMNUS PROMOTED TO MAJOR LEAGUES

Catcher becomes 19th former Ducks player to reach MLB level


(Central Islip, N.Y., June 24, 2019) - The Miami Marlins promoted 2018 Long Island Ducks catcher Wilkin Castillo to the Major Leagues from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, June 21. In doing so, he became the 19th player in Ducks history to reach the MLB level after playing on Long Island.

Castillo played in 20 games with the Ducks at the beginning of the 2018 season. He posted a .314 batting average with two home runs, 12 RBIs, 10 runs, 22 hits, four doubles and eight walks. The New York Yankees purchased his contract on May 25, and he played the rest of the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Dominican Republic native hit .250 with two homers, 13 RBIs, 11 runs and six doubles in 41 games.

The 35-year-old began 2019 with Triple-A New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League. In 31 games, he posted a .253 batting average with two homers, six RBIs, 12 runs, 25 hits, four doubles and 10 walks. Upon being promoted to the big leagues, he started Saturday's game for the Marlins against the Phillies in Philadelphia, collecting a two-run double that gave the Marlins a 4-3 lead.


The following is the complete list of Ducks players to reach MLB after playing on Long Island:

PLAYER YEAR(S) WITH DUCKS PROMOTED BY PROMOTION YEAR
Wilkin Castillo 2018 Miami Marlins 2019
Henderson Alvarez 2017 Philadelphia Phillies 2017
Quintin Berry 2017 Milwaukee Brewers 2017
Tim Melville 2017 Minnesota Twins 2017
Rich Hill 2015 Boston Red Sox 2015
Scott Rice 2008 New York Mets 2013
Lew Ford 2009, 2011-Present Baltimore Orioles 2012
Kip Wells 2010 San Diego Padres 2012
Justin Hampson 2010 New York Mets 2012
Joey Gathright 2010 Boston Red Sox 2011
Robinson Cancel 2010 Houston Astros 2011
Erick Almonte 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2011
Jay Gibbons 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers 2010
Mel Stocker 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2007
Nelson Figueroa 2006 New York Mets 2008
Ken Ray 2002 Atlanta Braves 2006
Bill Pulsipher 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 2005
Pedro Borbon Jr. 2003 St. Louis Cardinals 2003
Carlos Baerga 2001 Boston Red Sox 2002

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
 

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