The Marlins have placed catcher Jorge Alfaro on the seven-day concussion injured list and selected the contract of fellow backstop Wilkin Castillo from Triple-A New Orleans. In other moves, the club transferred catcher Chad Wallach (concussion) to the 60-day IL, recalled righty Jeff Brigham and optioned outfielder Austin Dean.
Alfaro, who suffered his injury in the Marlins’ win over the Cardinals on Thursday, has hit .261/.312/.419 (96 wRC+) with nine home runs in 218 plate appearances during his first year with the Fish. That’s fine production for a catcher, which is something the Marlins were hoping for when they acquired Alfaro in a trade with the Phillies for star backstop J.T. Realmuto last winter.
Despite his solid output, Alfaro hasn’t overcome the plate discipline woes that plagued him with his previous organization. So far this season, the 26-year-old has posted a 33 percent strikeout rate against a paltry 3.7 walk percentage. At the same time, though, Alfaro has earned plus marks behind the plate, where he has used his big arm to throw out 35 percent of would-be base stealers.
Castillo, 35, inked a minor league deal with the Marlins during the offseason. He’s now in line to back up Bryan Holaday, which will make for Castillo’s first major league action since 2008-09 with the Reds. Castillo totaled a mere 37 trips to the plate in the majors during that span. He’s a lifetime .245/.283/.352 hitter in 2,014 attempts at the Triple-A level.