Miguel Castro
Miguel Castro
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Castro was designated for assignment by the Rockies just before the 2017 season got underway, and he was subsequently dealt to the Orioles in what was a far more impactful trade than many expected. In a year when Baltimore's relief corps regressed from its 2016 form, Castro was a bright spot as he posted a 3.53 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 39 outings (one start). The 6-foot-7 righty relied heavily on his sinker and slider, using his unique release point and strong velocity (95.6 mph) to limit the opposition. Question marks remain, however, as Castro didn't generate much in the way of strikeouts with a subpar 5.1 K/9 along with a 4.98 FIP and .232 BABIP allowed. As it stands, Castro is expected to transition into a starter in the Orioles' thin rotation. While he does have intriguing attributes, Castro is a young and largely unproven commodity with a difficult transition ahead of him. Read Past Outlooks
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PBaltimore Orioles
Knee
September 28, 2018
Castro (knee) is expected to be shut down for the final four games of the season, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
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Castro has been unavailable out of the bullpen while nursing a sore knee. He hasn't pitched since Sept. 22 against the Yankees, and with the Orioles well out of playoff contention, he figures to be done throwing in 2018. Castro will finish with a 3.96 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 86.1 frames if he's indeed done for the season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .266 292 34 42 64 11 1 11
Since 2016vs Right .219 425 73 41 82 16 1 9
2018vs Left .244 157 20 24 32 6 1 5
2018vs Right .230 219 37 26 43 7 0 4
2017vs Left .272 112 11 15 25 4 0 5
2017vs Right .193 162 27 13 28 8 0 3
2016vs Left .389 23 3 3 7 1 0 1
2016vs Right .262 44 9 2 11 1 1 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-53%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-87%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.70 1.28 87.2 4 4 0 4.9 3.8 0.9
Since 2016Away 4.29 1.47 79.2 1 6 0 6.7 5.2 1.2
2018Home 3.67 1.49 41.2 1 3 0 5.6 5.2 1.1
2018Away 4.23 1.41 44.2 1 4 0 6.2 5.2 0.8
2017Home 2.37 0.97 38.0 3 1 0 4.0 2.6 0.5
2017Away 5.08 1.55 28.1 0 2 0 6.7 5.4 1.9
2016Home 10.13 1.63 8.0 0 0 0 5.6 2.3 2.3
2016Away 1.35 1.50 6.2 0 0 0 9.5 4.1 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Miguel Castro compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
1.14
 
K/9
5.9
 
BB/9
5.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
95.5 mph
 
ERA
3.96
 
WHIP
1.45
 
BABIP
.261
 
GB/FB
1.53
 
Strand %
75.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Many see Castro as the Rockies' closer of the future, but he didn't do much to instill confidence in 2016. The young right-hander made the Opening Day roster after a strong spring showing and was incredibly successful right out of the gate, sporting a 1.50 ERA and an outstanding 12.0 K/9 in six April appearances. He hit a bump in the road shortly thereafter, however, as he injured his shoulder and didn't pitch in a game until late May. After that incident, he struggled to the tune of a 9.35 ERA, prompting a demotion to Triple-A. The 21-year-old will compete for a bullpen role thanks to his high-octane arm that routinely touches the upper-90s, but he'll need to take a step forward in 2017 to retain his "closer-in-waiting" tag.
At 20 years old, Castro projected to be a long-term pitching solution for the Blue Jays, either as a starter or as a closer. He was given the chance to close at the beginning of the year, but struggled as he went 4-for-6 in save opportunities with a 4.38 ERA. Castro was sent back to the minors after his struggles, and then traded to the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal. He found his way onto the Rockies roster in September, but had issues then as well, giving up six earned runs in a mere 5.1 innings. Castro can touch 100 mph with his fastball and could be the closer of the future for the Rockies, but he may need some more seasoning in the minors before becoming a mainstay with the big club.
The Jays invited Castro to spring training in January, seemingly to give him experience before pushing him back to High-A Dunedin as a starter to begin the 2015 season. Last year, Castro had a 2.69 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 80.1 innings across three levels in the lower minors, and his long-term role may still be in the rotation. Impressed by the 20-year-old this spring, the Jays have opted to make the hard-throwing Castro a part of their bullpen to begin the season. If he pitches well, it's not out of the question to think that he may obtain a high-leverage role by the end of the year.
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Unavailable with knee issue
PBaltimore Orioles
Knee
September 26, 2018
Castro is unavailable with a sore knee, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Produces short outing
PBaltimore Orioles
July 15, 2018
Castro surrendered four runs on one hit and three walks while striking out two across 2.2 innings Sunday against the Rangers. He didn't factor into the decision.
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Will start Sunday
PBaltimore Orioles
July 15, 2018
Castro will start Sunday's game against the Rangers, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.
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Option to start Wednesday
PBaltimore Orioles
June 12, 2018
Castro is a candidate to start Wednesday against the Red Sox, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Shifts back to bullpen
PBaltimore Orioles
May 21, 2018
Castro made two appearances for the Orioles out of the bullpen during their four-game series with the Red Sox over the weekend, tossing three scoreless, no-hit innings while walking three and striking out one.
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