Diego Castillo
Diego Castillo
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Tampa Bay Rays
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Rays relievers are typically more useful in formats that give some value to bullpen arms beyond just saves, as 12 different Rays picked up a save last season. Castillo was one of the more valuable members of that group regardless of format, as he finished second on the team with four saves while posting a 1.66 ERA in 21.2 innings. His underlying numbers don't back up that level of dominance, as it took a .176 BABIP and an unsustainable 100% strand rate to get him there. His 4.53 FIP, which factors in a decent 25.8 K% and a poor 12.4 BB%, both career worsts, paints a considerably less impressive picture. Small-sample caveats apply to both his ERA and FIP, however, and finishing with a mark in the realm of his 3.30 ERA and 3.53 FIP from his first two years wouldn't be a surprise. That would leave him shy of typical closer material, though the Rays' usage patterns probably mean he'll still get some saves. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#295
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$Signed a contract with the Rays in March of 2014.
Earns hold Sunday
PTampa Bay Rays
April 18, 2021
Castillo allowed no hits and a walk while striking out two in 1.1 innings to earn the hold against the Yankees on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Castillo picked up his fourth save of the season Saturday, but he entered Sunday's game with two outs in the seventh inning and remained in the game during the eighth while Jeffrey Springs earned his first career save. Castillo has now posted a 1.00 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with 13 strikeouts in nine innings across his first eight relief appearances of the season. Although Springs received the save chance Sunday, Castillo still appears to be in line for the majority of the closing duties this year.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Diego Castillo generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Diego Castillo generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .236 145 40 17 30 4 0 4
Since 2019vs Right .191 265 77 23 45 9 2 8
2021vs Left .111 11 2 2 1 0 0 0
2021vs Right .143 22 11 1 3 1 0 1
2020vs Left .136 28 6 5 3 1 0 0
2020vs Right .170 59 17 6 9 2 0 3
2019vs Left .271 106 32 10 26 3 0 4
2019vs Right .205 184 49 16 33 6 2 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.82 0.98 54.1 6 3 7 10.3 2.7 1.2
Since 2019Away 2.80 1.38 45.0 2 5 9 11.0 4.8 1.0
2021Home 0.00 1.09 3.2 0 0 1 9.8 4.9 0.0
2021Away 1.69 0.56 5.1 0 0 3 15.2 1.7 1.7
2020Home 1.69 0.94 10.2 1 0 2 10.1 4.2 0.8
2020Away 1.64 1.18 11.0 2 0 2 9.0 4.9 1.6
2019Home 3.38 0.98 40.0 5 3 4 10.4 2.0 1.4
2019Away 3.45 1.60 28.2 0 5 4 11.0 5.3 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Diego Castillo 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.33
 
K/9
13.0
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
1.00
 
WHIP
0.78
 
BABIP
.195
 
GB/FB
1.14
 
Left On Base
107.1%
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2130 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
9.5%
 
Swinging Strike
18.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Castillo proved to be a jack-of-all-trades for the Rays in 2019, working as both a setup man and closer -- finishing with 17 holds and eight saves -- while also starting six games as an opener. He was dialed in for the first two months of the season before struggling in June and subsequently landing on the injured list with a shoulder issue. Castillo returned after the All-Star break and showed no ill effects, posting a 2.88 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 34.1 second-half innings with a 43:10 K:BB and 0.8 HR/9 over that stretch. His skill set, which includes a fastball that touches triple digits with a swing-and-miss slider, is reminiscent of a closer; while Emilio Pagan was traded, the Rays used a committee at times and could do so again in 2020 as they still have a plethora of viable endgame options. Either way, Castillo should see high-leverage work and is a good bet to see at least some save chances.
Castillo posted strong numbers in his debut campaign, recording a 3.18 ERA backed up by a strong 29.3% strikeout rate. He technically logged 11 starts, though all came firmly in the "opener" role, as none lasted more than two innings. With a 98-mph fastball, an 89-mph slider and a strong minor-league track record, Castillo's performance looks legitimate and repeatable. He has the skill set to eventually get a look in the closer role. The team may prefer his flexibility and willingness to work in the opener role for the time being. The job exposes him to the toughest part of the opposing order more often and hurts his chances for wins, but also gives him to a larger workload than is typical for a reliever -- he worked 1.3 innings per outing last season -- which helps him rack up more strikeouts.
More Fantasy News
Secures fourth save
PTampa Bay Rays
April 17, 2021
Castillo had two strikeouts and didn't allow a baserunner in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Saturday against the Yankees.
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Nails down third save
PTampa Bay Rays
April 12, 2021
Castillo gave up a hit and a walk while striking out three in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his third save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Rangers.
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Blows save chance
PTampa Bay Rays
April 6, 2021
Castillo allowed an earned run on one hit while striking out two to blow the save Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Notches second save
PTampa Bay Rays
April 3, 2021
Castillo gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his second save of the season in a 6-4 win over the Marlins.
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Records first save
PTampa Bay Rays
April 1, 2021
Castillo picked up the save in Thursday's Opening Day win, holding the Marlins scoreless while recording two strikeouts.
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