Prospect #21 Jesus Castillo is currently taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system. Here's another as we count down to the very best.


Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Tucson, Ariz.
DOB- May 3, 1984
Ht- 6-1
Wt- 190
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in 27th round 2003
06 Club- Ogden (Pioneer )

Castillo took his first steps back from Tommy John surgery last summer and were firm for the most part. He threw a fast ball clocked at 95 mph, mixed in a sharp breaking curve and a not at all bad changeup. There were moments when he tired and other moments when he didn't have his good stuff but that's going to happen in the first year back.

Although his record was only 2-5 that was mostly from poor run support rather than ineffectiveness for his ERA was 2.88 and he held opposing batters to a .241 mark. On the nights that he was right he was pretty much untouchable.

Before his operation, Castillo was on the fast track. A native of Mexico who attended both high school and junior college in Tucson, he was signed as a draft-and-follow. Because he had no visa having lost his student's status, he was dispatched to the Dominican to pitch where he was the most impressive man on the staff.

The next year, he leaped all the way to Columbus, only to be felled by injury after six games. Before that, though, he showed every sign of becoming a commanding mound presence.

He should be able to move back up to low A in 2007 and might well be in high A either at the start or before very long.