Gilberto Celestino

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  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.

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Gilberto Celestino played for the Dominican national team before making his major league debut in 2021.

Celestino was signed by Houston Astros scouts Oz Ocampo and Roman Ocumarez in 2015. [1] He began his career with the 2016 DSL Astros Orange and hit .279/.388/.434 in 38 games then moved up to the GCL Astros (.200/.308/.291 in 18 G). He stole 15 bases in 18 tries between the two stops. In 2017, he hit .269/.331/.379 with 10 steals in 12 tries for the Greeneville Astros. His 8 assists tied Warner Lagrange for the Appalachian League lead among outfielders. [2] Baseball America rated him as the #11 prospect in the league, between William Contreras and Ryan Noda. [3]

He opened 2018 with the Corpus Christi Hooks, going 0 for 8 in 3 games. He then moved to the Tri-City Dust Devils and hit .323/.387/.480 in 34 games, swiping bases in all 14 attempts. He was then traded with fellow prospect Jorge Alcala to the Minnesota Twins for Ryan Pressly. He batted .266/.308/.349 in 27 games for the Elizabethton Twins with 8 steals in 10 tries. Baseball America picked him as the top prospect in the New York-Penn League, followed by Travis Swaggerty and Luis Oviedo. [4]

Celestino spent most of 2019 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, hitting .276/.350/.409 in 117 games. He was briefly with the Fort Myers Miracle (.300/.333/.433 in 8 G). His stock had fallen as he did not crack the Baseball America top-20 prospect list for the Midwest League.

With the Dominican squad for the 2019 Premier 12, he struck out his first at-bat against Mexico's Eduardo Vera. He finished the event 3-for-9 with a dazzling 3-for-3 with a double (against Orlando Yntema) and a triple (off Jair Jurrjens) against the Netherlands. He also made a diving catch with his back to home to rob Roger Bernadina at a crucial juncture. [5]

The 2020 minor league season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He began 2021 with the AA Wichita Wind Surge and was at .250/.344/.381 after 21 games, when the Twins called him up after Rob Refsnyder had a concussion. In his MLB debut, he started in center and hit 9th. He struck out against Matt Harvey and lined out against Tyler Wells, then Miguel Sano batted for him.


  1. 2018 Astros Media Guide, pg. 304
  2. 2018 Baseball Almanac, pg. 393
  3. ibid., pg. 392
  4. 2019 Baseball America, pg. 388
  5. 2019 Premier 12

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