Major League Baseball announced the 2022 All-Star teams on Sunday evening and the Cincinnati Reds only had one selection for the National League squad – Luis Castillo. That selection is both surprising and not surprising at the same time. Castillo has pitched well enough to warrant a selection, so that part isn’t too surprising. What is surprising is that Brandon Drury wasn’t also selected, but more on that later.
Luis Castillo will be making his second All-Star game appearance. Back in 2019 he was also selected to represent the Cincinnati Reds at the All-Star game. After missing the first month of the season, Castillo has returned to the Reds rotation and made 12 starts, throwing 71.0 innings with a 3-4 record, a 2.92 ERA, and 74 strikeouts against just 23 walks.
Luis got the news. ?? pic.twitter.com/IFzClSq8MK
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 10, 2022
Castillo, who isn’t a free agent until after the 2023 season, has long been the target of many teams around baseball. He’s been the rumor of many trade talks over the last two offseasons but the Reds have held onto the right-handed starter. With one of the worst records in baseball for Cincinnati, Castillo will likely continue to be one of the top players discussed on the trade rumor front because of his ability and his team being entirely out of contention combined with him being closer to potential free agency. What the organization decides to do in the next three weeks leading up to the August 2nd trade deadline will be interesting to see.
Now we have to ask the question: How did Brandon Drury not make the All-Star team? We know that the Reds stink out loud as a team, but Drury leads National League second basemen in RBI with 52, he’s second in home runs with 18, third in average, 4th in on-base percentage, and 2nd in slugging percentage. Toss in that he’s also played plenty of second base where he would easily lead the group in multiple categories and it certainly feels like he deserved to be selected. And that’s not to say he won’t wind up there as players back out of the game and replacements are named, but on selection day he feels like a big omission.