Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent, 2011
Ranking History: #195 (2011)
Castro was one of the Tigers priority signings during the 2011 international signing period. The club moved quickly to sign him in July and then began preparing him for his professional debut in 2012.
At just 17-years old, Castro tossed 53 1/3 innings (13 starts) for the VSL Tigers, posting a 3.38 ERA. Though he finished with just a 1-2 record, Castro allowed only 40 hits but did walk 30 batters while punching out 46 opponents.
Castro fits the mold of many young Tigers pitching prospects, offering athleticism, good arm speed, and the potential for increased velocity. He is a quality athlete that shows hints of his ability to repeat his delivery.
With excellent raw arm speed, Castro can already reach into the low-90s with his fastball, touching 93 on rare occasions. He has added strength since signing and has room to add more to his skinny frame. Some scouts in Venezuela believe he could be in line to continue growing, adding additional height as well.
With his present velocity, arm speed and physical projection, Castro has the potential to throw very hard. It is not hard to envision him reaching the mid-90s with his fastball, and possibly more if everything comes together perfectly.
Beyond the projectable frame and fastball, Castro can spin a breaking ball and shows some feel for a change-up. His curveball has good rotation and shows downer break at times. While it requires significant dreaming, he has the makings of a second plus pitch in his breaker.
Castro's change-up lags behind his other two pitches, but when he trusts it and has feel, the pitch has some sink and modest potential.
Castro is extremely raw and is light years away from the big leagues. He has tremendous raw potential but will also require significant development just to compete at the lowest levels of stateside ball. He has the potential to become either a big-time starting pitching prospect or reliever, and it is far too early to pigeon hole him in one role or the other.
Performance Level Team W-L ERA G GS SV SO BB IP BAA R
Castro's very brief professional career has not been marred by any injuries.
Castro is a prime candidate to come stateside for the 2013 season, though that decision has yet to be finalized by the organization. Castro is likely to continue starting over the next couple of years and he is the type of prospect that will move slowly through the lower levels of the system.
There is no current ETA for Castro and any attempts to discern one at this time are fool hearty. Castro's potential is significant and he simply needs to remain healthy and pile up innings to allow for both his physical and tool-based development.
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