MadFriars.com brings the game to you in our exclusive scouting video series. This edition shows Simon Castro on the hill during the San Diego Padres fall Instructional League.
spent his first year stateside after pitching in the Dominican Summer League last season. He went 2-6 with a 6.22 ERA over 14 games, including 12 starts, for the Arizona Rookie League Padres.
While he tied for the league lead in losses, Castro features a plus fastball and solid slider. He tends to overthrow, causing his pitches either rise in the zone or be wild out of the zone.
The following video shows Castro and some of the struggles he faced in 2007, although the future is bright for the young Dominican: