Luis Castillo
Luis Castillo
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Usually it's easy to dismiss first-half/second-half splits, but in the case of Castillo, it's hard to overlook his superb second half, especially when there's an easy explanation for his improvement. Before the All-Star break, Castillo had a 5.49 ERA, 1.65 HR/9, 21.5 K% and 7.9 BB% over 103.1 innings. In 66.1 innings after the break, Castillo turned in a 2.44 ERA, 1.22 HR/9, 26.3 K% and 5.3 BB%. The difference? Every one of Castillo's pitches recovered most of the velocity that he had in 2017 but had lost during the first half of 2018. Take his four-seamer as an example -- in September 2017 it clocked in at 97.3 mph, but in April it was down to 95.4 mph, and stayed down at that level until late July/early August, when it got back up to 96.6 mph (velocity readings courtesy of Baseball Savant). Even with the strong second half, Castillo didn't earn his NFBC ADP of 103.3, but he might exceed that in 2019 if he maintains his second-half velocity. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $555,000 contract with the Reds in March of 2018.
Start moved up to Thursday
PCincinnati Reds
April 23, 2019
Castillo will start Thursday's game against Atlanta, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Castillo was scheduled to throw again Friday against the Cardinals, but the Reds have decided to bump Castillo up a day. Anthony DeSclafani will toe the rubber for Cincinnati on Friday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .245 572 138 50 124 31 2 24
Since 2017vs Right .199 615 166 45 111 19 0 16
2019vs Left .133 56 22 7 6 1 0 1
2019vs Right .125 64 19 7 7 0 0 0
2018vs Left .289 351 76 29 91 22 0 18
2018vs Right .203 357 89 20 67 14 0 10
2017vs Left .185 165 40 14 27 8 2 5
2017vs Right .216 194 58 18 37 5 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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Since 2017Home 3.13 1.00 146.2 8 10 0 10.4 2.6 1.3
Since 2017Away 4.15 1.29 143.0 7 10 0 8.4 3.3 1.2
2019Home 0.92 0.66 19.2 1 1 0 11.4 3.7 0.0
2019Away 2.45 1.27 11.0 1 0 0 13.1 4.9 0.8
2018Home 3.51 1.07 82.0 6 5 0 10.5 2.0 1.5
2018Away 5.03 1.36 87.2 4 7 0 7.1 3.2 1.4
2017Home 3.40 1.00 45.0 1 4 0 9.8 3.4 1.4
2017Away 2.84 1.15 44.1 2 3 0 9.9 3.0 0.8
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How does Luis Castillo compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Luis Castillo
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Subject to Change
4 days ago
Todd Zola's pitcher rankings have a lot of volatility this week thanks to rain, injuries and suspensions, while top-rated Carlos Carrasco looks to build off a strong outing.
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Breakdown
4 days ago
Gerrit Cole has four quality starts in as many chances to open the year, striking out nine or more in three of those.
DraftKings MLB: Saturday Picks
4 days ago
The Phillies may be in town, but Mike Barner tips a couple Rockies hitters - like Trevor Story - to produce versus a struggling Aaron Nola.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks
4 days ago
Despite issuing too many walks of late, Luis Castillo has posted dominating early numbers and should do well against the Padres.
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
9 days ago
Erik Halterman analyzes players whose stock is up, and those whose stock is down, including Cleveland's Jose Ramirez, whose poor start is more than just the result of bad luck.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Reds had been trying to develop a frontline starter to fill Johnny Cueto's shoes for a couple years, but it came to them in the unlikely form of Castillo, who was involved two trades and one rescinded trade before reaching the majors. He debuted after just 94.1 innings at Double-A and zero experience at Triple-A. Teams didn't figure him out as the year went on -- his ERA actually improved each month from July to September. Castillo was particularly dominant away from Great American Ball Park (2.84 ERA in 44.1 innings). His .247 BABIP, which would have been fifth lowest among qualified starters, will clearly regress. While we can't bank on a repeat of his rookie ratios, he should still be very effective in year two. He throws three pitches -- a fastball that averages 97.5 mph and tops out around 99-100 mph, an out-of-this world changeup and a rapidly improving slider. He has the stuff, command and size (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) to pitch atop a rotation.
Best known for being traded to San Diego and then sheepishly traded back to Miami when Colin Rea's elbow gave out after the trade, Castillo has emerged as one of the best prospects in a desolate Marlins system. He sports an 80-grade fastball with an above-average changeup and two breaking balls that are works in progress, but there is still plenty of time for refinement in the upper levels of the minors. That incomplete repertoire was still more than enough to dominate Florida State League hitters. The lack of strikeouts despite cheddar that touches triple digits illustrates his lack of a consistent out pitch, so he will need to continue to improve those offerings if he hopes to have success as a starter at Double-A and Triple-A. He is relatively new to starting, having worked exclusively as a reliever from 2012 to 2014, so becoming more adept at sequencing will also help him miss more bats. This is an arm that could take a big jump up prospect lists this year, especially now that he's in a Reds' system in the middle of a complete rebuild.
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Continues hot start
PCincinnati Reds
April 20, 2019
Castillo (2-1) struck out nine and allowed one run on four hits and one walk in six innings in a victory over the Padres on Saturday.
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Fades late in no-decision
PCincinnati Reds
April 16, 2019
Castillo didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks over five innings while striking out seven.
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Dominates in first win
PCincinnati Reds
April 9, 2019
Castillo (1-1) earned the win against the Marlins on Tuesday by giving up only two hits over seven shutout innings. He struck out eight and issued one walk.
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Takes loss in strong start
PCincinnati Reds
April 3, 2019
Castillo (0-1) was handed the loss Wednesday despite allowing one run on one hit across seven innings to the Brewers. He recorded nine strikeouts and walked four.
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Second start moved up
PCincinnati Reds
April 1, 2019
Castillo is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Brewers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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