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Who needs Triple-A?

posted Jun 23, 2017, 11:31 AM by Jacob Geiser
The Cincinnati Reds (30-41) are sitting 8 games out of first place. The Reds have gone through flashes all year. One week they look like world beaters and the next week they look like the Bad News Bears. Hitting as never been the issue for the Reds this year, but I can't say the same for the starting rotation. They own a league worst 6.12 ERA as a starting rotation. Not good at all. Now, some of it is expected due to the lack of veteran pitchers. Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan have been on the DL for what feels like ages. Scott Feldman has been hit or miss, and the rookie pitchers have looked like well, rookie pitchers. I can't remember a time when they strung together 4-5 quality starts. The rotation has struggled to throw strikes, so Bryan Price has made a change.
Homer Bailey is ready to go and will start Saturday. I have never been so excited to see Homer Bailey start a game. Its about damn time. The guy has only started like 7 games since getting a 6yr/105 million dollar deal. As long as he can throw strikes, I'm on board.

Now, what I'm most excited for. Luis Castillo, a 24 year old right handed flame thrower is getting the start for the Reds tonight. Castillo was signed by the Giants in 2011 and was traded to the Marlins in 2014. The Reds acquired him when they traded Dan Straily to the Marlins in the offseason. What a god damn steal on the Reds part.

Castillo was the #12 rated prospect coming into the season (#5 pitcher) Castillo has done well in Double AA Pensacola so far this season. He is 4-4 with a 2.58 ERA. In 80.1 innings he has only allowed 68 hits and has a 81/13 strikeout to walk ratio. Castillo has a live arm. His fastball has been clocked between 95-100 mph. He has struggled throwing the slider and change-up for strikes at times in the past, but not this year. All Bryan Price cares about is Castillo throwing strikes, which he has. When your starting rotation has struggled to throw strikes, you feel helpless. Well, why not bring the young gun up for a few games and see what he has?

I'm not expecting Castillo to come on to the scene and mow down every batter he faces. All I want to see is a starter last more than 4 innings. Doug Gray has been covering Reds minor leagues games this year and here is what your going to see from the right hander.
"So what can we expect from Luis Castillo on Friday night? Well, assuming he looks like he has the rest of the year, we can expect a fastball in the 95-98 MPH range that touches 100. That fastball will be located well, too, as he tends to pound the zone with the pitch.
Coming into the season the scouting reports from when he was with the Marlins suggested his slider was the better of his two off-speed pitches, but it seems that has been flipped. His change up has been getting glowing reports with some calling it a plus offering that comes in between 87-89 MPH. The slider will flash itself as a plus pitch at times, too, but it’s still a bit inconsistent during the games." 
I really like Castillo. I can't wait to see him perform against a really good hitting team in the Washington Nationals. I think he has the tools to be an important part of the Reds rotation in the years to come. How his stint in the pros goes will give us a good understanding of what he is capable of and what he will need to work on so he can be a mainstay in the Reds rotation in the years to come.

Castillo Spring League