Chicago White Sox: Activating Castillo, sending Collins down

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The Chicago White Sox are making a roster move prior to the Kansas City Royals series and it involves their catching situation.

The Chicago White Sox are making a little bit of a change during their series with the Kansas City Royals. They are sending down their prospect catcher Zack Collins to Triple-A once again and reinstating Welington Castillo from the IL. This is a move that may annoy some White Sox fans but it could be the right move for Collins in the long run.

He was often not in the lineup for two reasons. The first was because you’re not taking James McCann out of the lineup right now and that’s from a hitters and fielders perspective. McCann was an American League All-Star and has been a rock behind the plate for the White Sox in 2019. The other reason was that they enjoyed giving other less worthy players time in the DH spot.

If Collins is going to go down to AAA and get more quality reps than that is absolutely the right decision. They don’t need him right now so go back to Triple-A and slam home runs and feel good about yourself again. They also have Seby Zavala down there in AAA who has also had some time with the White Sox this season. It is a catcher duo that could be awesome in the Major Leagues someday.

Welington Castillo isn’t going to add much more to this offense either so it really might not make a difference at all. This seems like something that is more designed to help Collins at the end of the day. Either way, Castillo is back now and we have to root for him. If they trade Castillo to any team that might want him for their playoff run, Collins will come back up and be the permanent backup and hopefully future starter.

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If that doesn’t happen you can still probably expect to see Collins again in a White Sox uniform in 2019. He is primed for a return when the rosters expand. It will surely be interesting to see how this decision works, but hopefully, the White Sox can just string together a couple of wins.