Cleveland Indians 2021 MLB Draft: 3 prospects to consider in first round
Adrian Del Castillo, C, Miami
The Cleveland Indians took Bo Naylor in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft and currently have two catchers on the Top 30 prospects list. However, while Adrian Del Castillo has been a catcher so far in his career, there’s a chance he could also have potential in the outfield or first. That position versatility isn’t uncommon in catchers, see Carlos Santana or Victor Martinez, making Del Castillo an intriguing option.
Originally a 36th round pick by the Chicago White Sox out of high school in 2018, Del Castillo opted for the college route at Miami. That seems to have paid off as he is now getting first round consideration.
What made Del Castillo’s value go up at Miami was his bat. Playing three seasons for the Hurricanes and totaling 131 games, he was able to slash an impressive .311/.410/.499 with 37 doubles, 17 home runs and 124 RBI. That type of bat talent will always draw major league interest at the catcher position.
Del Castillo could remain a catcher and be fast-tracked to the majors, like Santana and Martinez were, or he could see a position change. He played a bit of right field at Miami and has been rumored as a first base candidate as well.
Given the struggles at the plate for Cleveland’s catchers, Del Castillo could add an interesting new dynamic behind the plate. His versatility also gives plenty of options should other catcher prospects prove to be better.