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Cubs Spring Training 2012: Back-Up Catcher Job Between Steve Clevenger And Welington Castillo

The competition for the back-up catching gig on the Chicago Cubs is between Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. Jason Jaramillo, a non-roster invite, was expected to compete but he hasn't been able to participate due to a leg injury.

Castillo, 25 in April, is considered one of Chicago's better prospects. Last season, he posted a .286/.351/.524 line with 15 homers in 61 games for Triple-A Iowa, flashing some impressive power.


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Clevenger isn't as highly regarded by prospect experts, but he hit well in the upper minors for the Cubs last season. In 120 games between Double-A and Triple-A, the soon-to-be 26-year-old posted a .319/.383/.475 line in 448 plate appearances.

Both are competing to back-up incumbent starter Geovany Soto.

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