Marlins Have A Not-So-Secret Castillo
MIAMI—Luis Castillo didn’t begin the season as one of the Marlins’ top prospects, but his right arm is telling a different story.
"We’ve seen 101 (mph),” high Class A Jupiter pitching coach Jeremy Powell said. "He routinely reaches 100 and averages 96-97 every time out.”
The Marlins acquired Castillo, a 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, from the Giants as part of the Casey McGehee deal in December 2014.
Castillo began his Marlins career as a reliever last year at low Class A Greensboro before moving to the rotation in June and then to Jupiter in July.
Back in the Florida State League this season, Castillo went 5-2, 2.22 through nine starts, recording 7.3 strikeouts and 1.0 walks per nine innings.
"He took right to the change from a durability standpoint,” Powell said. "He’s always had a really good arm, but he’s turned himself into a prospect.”
The key for Castillo, who turned pro with the Giants in December 2011, will be his breaking pitches.
"His slider has a lot of depth to it,” Powell said. "It acts almost like a curve, and it’s becoming a plus pitch for him.
"He also has a power changeup, and he’s learning to not push it and just let the grip make the action. It’s a weapon against lefty hitters.”
Jupiter manager Randy Ready said Castillo has been "outstanding”, doing everything the organization has asked.
"With that three-pitch mix and an overpowering fastball, it probably won’t be long before he’s on the move (to Double-A Jacksonville),” Ready said.
Powell and Ready agreed Castillo has a great attitude and the ability to overcome in-game adversity.
"He’s probably a bit underrated,” Powell said, "but if he is a secret, he won’t be a secret for long.”
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