Luis Castillo
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Castillo at the 2019 MLB All-Star Red Carpet Parade in Cleveland
Cincinnati Reds – No. 58
Pitcher
Born: (1992-12-12) December 12, 1992 (age 29)
Baní, Peravia, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 23, 2017, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through May 31, 2022)
Win–loss record42–51
Earned run average3.70
Strikeouts798
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Luis Miguel Castillo (born December 12, 1992) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017.

Professional career

San Francisco Giants

Castillo signed with the San Francisco Giants as an international free agent in December 2011. He made his professional debut in 2012 with the DSL Giants and spent the whole season there, going 1–3 with a 3.31 ERA in 54.1 relief innings pitched. In 2013, he returned there, going 0–1 with a 0.64 ERA in 27 relief appearances, and in 2014, he played for the Augusta GreenJackets where he pitched to a 2–2 record and 3.07 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

Miami Marlins

On December 20, 2014, Castillo along with Kendry Flores were traded to the Miami Marlins for Casey McGehee.[1] He spent 2015 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers and was promoted to the Jupiter Hammerheads in July. In 35 games (16 starts) between the two teams, he was 6–6 with a 3.20 ERA.

Castillo began 2016 with Jupiter and was promoted to the Jacksonville Suns during the season. On July 29, 2016, the Marlins traded Castillo along with Jarred Cosart, Josh Naylor and Carter Capps to the San Diego Padres for Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and Tayron Guerrero.[2][3] He was returned to Marlins after Rea suffered an injury in his first start and was returned to the Padres. The Marlins added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[4] In 26 games (24 starts) between Jupiter and Jacksonville, he was 8–6 with a 2.26 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds

On January 19, 2017, the Marlins traded Castillo, Austin Brice, and Isaiah White to the Cincinnati Reds for Dan Straily.[5] He began 2017 with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

On June 23, 2017, the Reds promoted Castillo, who made his MLB debut, against the Washington Nationals.[6] In 14 starts for Pensacola prior to his call-up he compiled a 4–4 record and 2.58 ERA.[7] Castillo spent the remainder of the season with the Reds after his promotion, going 3–7 with a 3.12 ERA in 15 starts. He began 2018 in Cincinnati's starting rotation. In 31 starts for the Reds, he posted a record of 10–12 with an ERA of 4.30 in 169+23 innings.

On March 19, 2019, Castillo was named the Reds' starter for Opening Day on March 28 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[8] During the season, he posted a 15–8 record with a 3.40 ERA and 226 strikeouts and was named to his first All-Star Game.

In 2020, Castillo pitched to a 4–6 record and a 3.21 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 70.0 innings of work.[9]

In 2021, Castillo recorded a 3.98 ERA with 192 strikeouts in 187+23 innings over 33 starts. He tied for the MLB lead in losses (16) and led the NL with 75 walks. He had the highest ground ball percentage of all major league pitchers, at 56.6%.[10]

On March 22, 2022, Castillo signed a $7.35 million contract with the Reds, avoiding salary arbitration.[11]

Pitching style

Like his idol, Pedro Martínez, Castillo is a low 3/4 pitcher, but features one of the top changeups in the Major Leagues, to go along with an upper 90s mph fastball and a slider.[12] According to Statcast, he uses four-seam fastballs and sliders against left-handers, while using 2-seamers and changeups against right-handers, as strikeout pitches.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Giants fill Sandoval hole, trade for McGehee". ESPN.com. ESPN. Associated Press. December 19, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Lin, Dennis (July 29, 2016). "Padres trade Cashner, Rea to Marlins in 7-player deal". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Marlins get Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea from Padres for prospects". ESPN.com. ESPN. July 29, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 18, 2016). "Marlins add 4 to 40-man roster". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Frisaro, Joe (January 19, 2017). "Marlins get right-hander Dan Straily from Reds". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (June 21, 2017). "Reds' Luis Castillo to make big-league debut Friday". cincinnati.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Luis Castillo Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Sheldon, Mark (March 19, 2019). "Castillo gets call on Opening Day for Reds". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Are the Reds seeing a new and improved Luis Castillo?". September 14, 2020.
  10. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2021 » Pitchers » Dashboard | FanGraphs Baseball".
  11. ^ "Arbitration Tracker For 2022". MLBTradeRumors. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  12. ^ Watt, Rian (September 16, 2019). "Luis Castillo's Increasingly Lethal Changeup". fangraphs.com. FanGraphs. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  13. ^ 五度, 生啤C. "Can the 3 starting pitchers of Cincinnati Reds make it to the playoffs in 2020?". YouTube (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Retrieved December 30, 2019.