Castillo seems to be catching on for Cubs

CHICAGO -- Welington Castillo has emerged as the frontrunner to land the full-time catching job for the Chicago Cubs next season.

Castillo has been splitting time with Steve Clevenger in the second half, as each member of the club’s rookie catching duo tries to make a case for full-time status.

The Cubs would like to avoid a platoon if possible next season. If one catcher gets the bulk of the duty it would allow them to get more in sync not only at the plate but with the pitching staff.

Manager Dale Sveum has been hinting of late that Castillo could end up with most of the catching duties next season and on Monday he had his strongest words on the subject.

“(Castillo) has definitely made probably the biggest progress of anybody on the team right now,” Sveum said. “On a whole, the changes he’s made on his defense, and calling a game and the preparation he’s been going through, his whole attitude has changed dramatically into an everyday catcher’s mindset right now.”

Let that be a message to Clevenger that he has his work cut out for him.

“(Castillo) is having a lot more fun understanding the progression he’s had to go through,” Sveum said. “Going into spring training, he’ll feel like he’s the everyday catcher. No matter what we do, he’s going to have that mentality that he’s going to catch 120 games next year.”