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IMG Academy trainee, Welington Castillo, lights up the league with hot bat

Welington Castillo has been the leading hitter for Chicago Cubs this year after training at IMG Academy

In past years, Chicago Cubs’ catcher, Welington Castillo, has battled with nagging injuries that haven’t allowed him to play more than 70 games in a three year span. For the 2013 season, Castillo wanted a change and his agent suggested spending his offseason at IMG Academy. After eleven games into the season, it looks as if that change has paid off.

Currently, Castillo has become one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He has a .425 batting average and a .452 on-base percentage which ranks sixth in MLB. On Thursday, Castillo once again had the hot bat with four hits in a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

After the game, manager Dale Sveum told ESPN, “If he could swing the bat like this all year long we could have something special because (his) defense behind the plate is one of the best in baseball.”

Although it’s early in the season, many are speculating that Castillo could be one of the core figures in the Cubs' success.