ROSEMONT, Ill. – February 21, 2014 - The Chicago Bandits announced today they have signed All-NPF catcher Kaylyn Castillo to a one-year contract. Castillo, who has played her entire career with Akron, was originally acquired in a deadline deal in exchange for infielder Nerissa Myers.
“I’m thrilled to be taking my next steps in the game of softball with the Chicago Bandits,” said Castillo. “I have always admired the tenacity of all the players that have put on the Bandits uniform as well as the leadership that comes from the front office.”
A graduate from Arizona State University, Castillo signed with the Racers in 2012 as a free agent. In her second professional season she hit.269 with four homeruns and 20 RBIs, and she recorded an on-base percentage of .419.
Behind the plate, she finished with 87 putouts and tied with Kristen Butler for first place among catchers with 13 assists.
“This is a very big addition to our 2014 Bandits roster,” stated Moore. “Kaylyn is not only a strong player behind the plate, but she’s also a very strong right handed bat, which is an area we knew we needed to address. She definitely elevates our already strong group of catchers to a different level and we’re thrilled she’ll be in a Bandits uniform.”
Moore went on to comment on the trade of Myers.
“We were hoping we’d be able to work out a deal with Nerissa,” said Moore. But she expressed a desire to be an everyday shortstop, and with our current roster situation she didn’t see that opportunity here. She was a key member to our 2013 team and did everything we asked of her. We wish her nothing but the best.
“In the end, this is a deal that works well for both teams and we’re really looking excited about adding a player of Castillo’s ability to our roster.”
Castillo knows what it takes to win a championship as she was on the Arizona state team that captured the National Championship in 2011; the same year the Bandits won their last NPF Championship. And she is looking forward to helping the Bandits work towards another title in 2014.
“I couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity,” she said. “I know that the coaching staff, as well as everyone else in the organization, is going to help me realize my full potential as a softball player. My hopes are to get better every day and help the Bandits win a championship as a result.
“I look forward to this summer and I’m ready to give the Bandits all I have on the field.”
Castillo will depart for Japan at the end of the month where she will compete with Team Shokki in the Japanese Softball League. She will be teammates overseas with Keilani Ricketts of the USSSA Pride. She becomes the fourth Bandit player to head to Japan, joining Megan Wiggins, Monica Abbott and Andi Williamson overseas.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
The 2014 home opener is set for Saturday, May 31 when the Bandits host the Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Single-game tickets for all 2014 home games, including the home opener will go on sale Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. CT.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.