Bryan Price announced this morning the Reds are calling up Luis Castillo from AA-Pensacola to pitch in Friday evening’s game in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals. Castillo has been outstanding this season for the Blue Wahoos. 81 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 80 innings pitched. ERA of 2.58.

The Reds acquired Castillo in the Dan Straily trade this offseason, along with RP Austin Brice and OF Isaiah White.

Here’s what I wrote about Castillo this spring from Arizona:

• It would be hard to overstate how dominating Luis Castillo (Straily trade) was today. I stood behind the Reds and Dodgers radar guns and they had Castillo at 97 mph all day, occasionally higher. He had great control working his way through the AA Dodgers. What made him especially dominant was the control he had over his off-speed pitch (80-83 mph). No walks, lots of strikeouts, many weak ground balls and pop-ups. He has a long way to go, but Castillo may end up being the best acquisition of the rebuild. For Dan Straily.

No doubt that this is a tough first start for Castillo. On the road against the Nationals imposing lineup – best in the NL right now. Still, it’s don’t-miss viewing.

In promoting Castillo for this opportunity, the Reds are sending yet another signal to Robert Stephenson about the importance of not walking batters.

15 Responses

  1. Geoff

    This is great news!! I’m super excited to see this guy pitch! I think the rotation once they get everyone healthy should be: Homer, Disco, Finnegan, Castillo and Mahle.

    • citizen54

      Not sure what his head has to do with his 91.3 mph average on his four seamer or his below average rpm rate. Ya he looks like he should throw harder but the fact of the matter is he doesn’t, whether this is due to an injury we don’t know. When he throws strikes they are getting hit hard, particularly those in the lower middle of the plate, 97.3 mph exit velocity. His HR/9 is actually higher than Bronson Arroyo’s. His two good games were against the Padres, 27th in offense and the Orioles, 22nd so it’s hard for me to say he could be a #2. If his stuff doesn’t get any better or he doesn’t somehow find pinpoint control, it’s hard seeing him as anything more than a #4 or #5, BOR guy.

    • citizen54

      You should look into Garrett stats some more. Here are a couple of scary ones: After a 1-0 count, batters are slugging .798 against him, after 2-1 it goes up to 1.025, 2-0 it goes up to 1.103, ya we aren’t talking a large sample size here but those numbers are pretty bad. Lefties have an .928 OPS against him, righties .940 OPS so basically everyone turns into Joey Votto light when they face Garrett.

      You say his head is the root of his problems but he is actually better in medium leverage situations, 5.80 FIP, than he is in low leverage situations, 7.81 FIP. His FIP when the bases are empty isn’t much different than it is when runners are in scoring position. The thing that is the most alarming is that he has progressively gotten worse as the months go by, presumably because teams now have him on tape. Also, you can take anyone’s best game and say they look like a #2 or #3. Arroyo had a good game against the Cubs does that make him a #2 or #3?

      I want him to succeed too but at this point it doesn’t look like he is anywhere near a #5 let alone a #2. At least with Reed and Stephenson you could say they are able to strike people out at a good clip and they have plus velocity. You can’t really say that with Garrett. I’m not saying he is always going to be this bad as he can still be a decent #4 or #5. Maybe he has some sort of injury right how will add a couple of ticks to his fastball later. I don’t know. I’m just saying someone with his current profile isn’t going to be a #2.

  2. IndyRedMan

    Its about time!! The Nats are monsters so it will probably be tough but hopefully they’ll give him a run instead of 1 random start like they did w/Reed! Castillo’s velocity and control should play well longterm but I still miss Dan Straily (3.58…14th in NL era). He really has some advanced level thinking where he would find guys that weren’t following the changeup or had some bad swings earlier and then pitch around people or even walk guys into scoring position (or bases loaded) to get the key out! He was fun to watch but I’m excited to see Castillo!

  3. IndyRedMan

    Lets get Mahle to Louisville as well! He’s mastered AA already! Lets get this party started! Aren’t they 2-0 in Winker’s starts? You can’t tell me the regulars don’t feel a little more juiced up with some talented new blood on the team instead of patchwork scrubs from the past!

  4. reaganspad

    MLB (Sheldon) says that he is at 70-75 pitches today and would need one more rehab based on the schedule that they had for Homer

  5. The Duke

    That would make more sense, he appears ready for AAA. But with Garrett’s struggles, if Castillo can have a good start against a high powered lineup like the Nats, then he may in fact be the one to stick around. The Reds should keep Adleman up until one of Reed/Stephenson/Romano can demonstrate they can go multiple starts without walking a bunch of people.

  6. Tom Mitsoff

    Absolutely. I think that’s the message to Reed and Stephenson in them being bypassed.

  7. Brock

    Sal Romano has excellent K/BB numbers. Probably next on the list of promotions once his pitch count gets back up and he proves he is healthy.

  8. IndyRedMan

    If they could just develop 2-3 productive guys out of that group then we could compete next year! Hopefully they could get 2 decent 2018 campaigns out of Disco, Finnegan, and Bailey. That leaves Lorenzen as a big question mark! Not to mention Peralta is a former starter w/great stuff and we can’t forget Adleman. If I was Dick Williams…I’d also try to go out and find one affordable & potentially decent starter as well. Like they find in Disco. It would be nice if we actually had a chance next year and its not more “rebuild” nonsense!

    I noticed Zach Davies got bombed for Milw last night. Feldman would be a nice improvement for them!

    • IndyRedMan

      Cozart/Hernandez/Adleman for Kevin Gausman and prospect(s)

      Done….we have our Jake Arrieta!!

  9. GreatRedLegsFan

    That’s right. When you add up Bailey, Disco, Finnegan, Adleman & Feldman it accounts for a total of 13 ready or near-ready starters, almost three rotations. I think that at least one full healthy rotation should be available for the 2nd half.

  10. citizen54

    Straily has been good this year (26th in fWAR ) so it looks like this might be one of those trades that worked out for both teams. Well maybe not so much the Marlins because they weren’t as good as they had hoped.