Detroit Tigers: Harold Castro primed for another year in the super utility role

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The Detroit Tigers can rest assured that Harold Castro will be in a utility role once again in 2021.

As the Detroit Tigers keep prepping for the 2021 season and piecing together their roster, they will have to have a player to can play the utility role. Harold Castro has been that guy for the last two years and will likely be that guy again in 2021.

Last year Castro was able to play 22 games where he would total 54 plate appearances. He would hit an exceptional .347/.407/.429 for the Tigers. Though he may not have had a ton of at-bats, he would play eight positions over the course of the 2020 season.

In 2019, he would play eight positions as well while appearing in 97 games, totaling 369 plate appearances where he hit .291/.305/.384 for the Tigers. He’s been an incredibly versatile player, and the Tigers should expect more of the same during the 2021 season.

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As the 2021 season rolls around, Harold Castro will be able to get another crack at being this successful super-utility once again.

Castro might be relied on more to fill gaps and provide off days for starters, with the Tigers failing to make any signings on the offensive side of things.

Castro may not be an offensive guru, but the versatility paired with his ability to hit for average when he does play makes him an exceptional fit for the super-utility role. The expectation is that the Tigers will sign some offensive talent or at least some gap-fillers.

However, the Tigers keep playing the waiting game, meaning as it stands, Castro is going to be needed all over the field. The outfield may be a little crowded, but Castro will likely still find his way into games out there on occasion.

It does not matter where the Tigers deploy Castro; he is going to get the job done; he is someone who can play stellar defense all over the field. In his three-year big league career, Castro has 21 errors giving him a career .979 fielding percentage.

In fact, during the 2020 season, Castro did not commit an error at any position. Castro’s biggest defensive struggles come at second base and third base, with fielding percentages at .966 and .967 for the Tigers.

However, Castro has proven he is capable of being moved around and not being a disaster defensively. There’s always gonna be work to be done for a utility player who is constantly moving around and being thrown into different positions, but if the Tigers are smart and bring back Jonathan Schoop, there will not be as much of a need for Castro over at second base.

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In 2021, expect Harold Castro to be the Detroit Tigers super-utility once again and expect another exceptional performance.