You sure hope he's the right guy.
I think he is.
Wellington Castillo is the catcher in the right place at the right time with hopefully the talent and wherewithal (when you write a blog, sometimes you use words you never imagined you'd actually say out loud) to be THE GUY.
The on-field manager.
Caller of pitches.
Handler of giant egos and fragile insecurities.
Possessor of toughness and guardian of the plate.
And maybe hit one out now and then.
If Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's plan works out, Castillo is a gigantic piece.
By the "right place at the right time", I mean he's a 25 year old kid who can mature during this year and the next so that in 2015, the year most say will be when the Cubs should "compete", he'll maybe be polished enough to do all that stuff a catcher's supposed to.
It's nice the Cubs got Dioner Navarro to mentor, too.
Here's what Josh Shepardson says about Castillo in his BP article about fantasy rankings (I'd link, but you'd have to have the subscription): Castillo.. "has had his own strikeout issues in the bigs, but ... his upper-minors history does suggest that he can rein in the whiffs. His power is appealing, and while his batting average won't be an asset, it may not be as bad as the ones posted by some of the other power sources at position."
I'll take that, and I can't wait to watch him.
So, you know, only a couple days now...
God is it NICE to think about real baseball again.