Luis Castillo
Luis Castillo
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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shoes for a couple years, but it came to them in the unlikely form of Castillo, who was involved two trades and one rescinded trade before reaching the majors.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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $555,000 contract with the Reds in March of 2018.
Throws 8.1 scoreless innings
PCincinnati Reds
September 21, 2018
Castillo struck out five in 8.1 scoreless innings Friday against the Marlins, allowing five hits and one walk in a no-decision.
Castillo was outstanding in Friday's outing, allowing just one extra-base hit while throwing 73 of 102 pitches for strikes. In his last 10 starts, Castillo has thrown six quality starts and three of those have been scoreless outings. On the season the young right-hander has a 4.30 ERA and 1.22 WHIP to go along with a 165:49 K:BB in 169.2 innings. His next scheduled start will be a matchup with the Pirates at home.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .257 503 116 43 115 29 2 23
Since 2016vs Right .210 534 142 37 102 19 0 16
2018vs Left .291 338 76 29 88 21 0 18
2018vs Right .207 340 84 19 65 14 0 10
2017vs Left .185 165 40 14 27 8 2 5
2017vs Right .216 194 58 18 37 5 0 6
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home 3.47 1.05 127.0 7 9 0 10.3 2.5 1.5
Since 2016Away 4.58 1.33 123.2 6 10 0 8.2 3.3 1.3
2018Home 3.51 1.07 82.0 6 5 0 10.5 2.0 1.5
2018Away 5.56 1.42 79.1 4 7 0 7.3 3.4 1.6
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Bags 10th win
PCincinnati Reds
September 16, 2018
Castillo (10-12) picked up the win against the Cubs on Sunday, giving up one earned run on four hits over 6.2 innings, striking out two and walking four in the Reds' 2-1 victory.
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Increased velocity
PCincinnati Reds
September 12, 2018
Castillo's two-seam fastball was averaging 97.1 mph in Tuesday's start against the Dodgers, and he topped out over 98 mph,'s Mark Sheldon reports.
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Strikes out nine in victory
PCincinnati Reds
September 11, 2018
Castillo (9-12) earned the win against the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out nine and walked only one.
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Allows three homers in loss
PCincinnati Reds
September 6, 2018
Castillo (8-12) took the loss against the Padres on Thursday, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits over five innings. He didn't allow a walk and stuck out seven.
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Wins in strong effort
PCincinnati Reds
September 1, 2018
Castillo (8-11) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out 11 across 6.2 scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Cardinals.
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