Lendy Enrique Castillo Artiles
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 170 lb.
Lendy Castillo made it to the majors in 2012.
Castillo was signed by Sal Agostinelli and Wil Tejada of the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2006. In his pro debut, he hit .286/.343/.342 with 12 steals in 14 tries and 36 runs in 60 games for the DSL Phillies in 2007. He fielded .932 as their starting shortstop. His offense and playing time both fell over the next two years, though. He batted .212/.243/.324 in 45 games for the GCL Phillies in 2008 (7 SB, 0 CS) and .179/.235/.218 in 27 games in 2009, now as a backup infielder. His declining production convinced Philadelphia to move him to the mound.
Lendy split his first season as a pitcher between the DSL Phillies (0-1, 3.52 in 3 G), GCL Phillies (3-1, 2.22, 51 K in 44 2/3 IP) and Williamsport Crosscutters (0 R, 3 H, 2 BB in 5 IP). In 2011, he went 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA for Lakewood, allowing a .200 average and striking out 46 in 46 innings.
The Chicago Cubs picked Castillo with the 6th pick of the 2011 Rule V Draft, following Rhiner Cruz, Terry Doyle, Lucas Luetge, Ryan Flaherty and Cesar Cabral. He made his MLB debut with a 6-3 deficit in the 8th inning against the Brewers. Castillo allowed a leadoff single to Mat Gamel. Gamel stole second. He got Álex González to fly out (moving Gamel to third) then plunked Jonathan Lucroy. Carlos Gomez then laid down a squeeze bunt to score Gamel.