When you’re the man, sometimes the quickest trip to becoming average is knowing you’re the man.

RubberDucks shortstop Willi Castro has not only met the expectations of the Indians organization, he’s exceeded them.

The Tribe thinks so highly of the 21-year old, they’ve put him on the 40-man roster in anticipation of his continuous climb through the levels.

“He’s got enough confidence to understand that people outside of himself aren’t going to define him,” Ducks manager Tony Mansolino said Saturday before a 7-4 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Canal Park. “It’s basically up to him. You might be on some prospect lists. You might have some name recognition, but ultimately it comes down to how you play.

“He’s very aware of that and he’s confident in himself to where that doesn’t pile on the pressure. He knows he can do it. I think there are some guys out there where they know it comes down to them, it hurts them.”

Castro has the expectations as the No. 5 prospect in the organization, according to MLB Pipeline.

Originally signed by the Indians in July 2013 as an undrafted free agent for $850,000 when he was 16, Castro knew expectations would follow quickly, but he’s been able to keep things in perspective.

“I don’t really deal with that,” Castro said. “There’s a lot of good players. I’m just trying to be one of them and get to the big leagues. I’m just focusing on my game every day, every time I come to the field.”

Castro knew the jump to the Ducks from Lynchburg would be the biggest to date, so a slow start shouldn’t cause panic.

Sure enough, Castro batted .205 in April with four doubles, a home run and six RBI.

In May, the bat came around and he entered this week batting .289 with a home run, triple, seven doubles and 15 RBI.

On Friday, the switch hitter highlighted a 14-6 win over Richmond by going 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI.

“[The mental side of the game] is hard to do when you’re 30, let alone 21,” Mansolino said. “He’s a young 21. He’s at an advanced level. That’s why he’s on our 40-man. We know he’s good. The industry knows he’s good.

“This is a tough game. There’s more pressure on him than maybe the next guy because he is a 40-man guy. People know who he is and he’s out there handling things at this level like a 25-year-old would.”

Mansolino would know. The first-year Ducks manager has coached him in Akron, Lynchburg and Lake County.

Castro is a 2016 Midwest all-star for the Captains who hit seven home runs and registered 49 RBI.In 2017, he became a Carolina League all-star for Lynchburg who hit 11 home runs and had 58 RBI.

“He’s significantly better in every aspect,” Mansolino said. “Defense, baserunning, hitting, leadership, situational awareness, there’s not an area where he hasn’t improved.”

Castro has done that by staying the course and trusting in his resources.

“I never lose my focus,” he said. “I never put my head down in the bad moments. I just keep working on what needs work.”

Notes

• Because of an extended rain delay, the Indians threesome of Bradley Zimmer (left rib contusion), Brandon Guyer (left cervical strain) and Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) were relieved from their rehab assignments.

The three are scheduled to play for the RubberDucks on Sunday and Monday.

• Right-hander Shao-Ching Chiang (4-1, 3.25) is scheduled to face Richmond righty Taylor Hill, who is making his first start for the Flying Squirrels. The game is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. start at Canal Park.