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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Luis Castillo: Luis Castillo has thrown 2,793 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Change (86mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph).
His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has well above average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slight armside run. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is slightly firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker has an obvious tail, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is blazing fast and has some natural sinking action. His slider results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.
Sean's Note: Castillo has allowed 17 home runs this season, which helps explain a not very flattering 5.77 ERA. He pitched against the Cubs in May, allowing one run in five innings despite giving up 6 hits and 5 walks. Not a performance one can repeat very often, with so much traffic on the bases.
Sean's Note: The Cubs lost on Thursday after a meltdown in the 6th inning, three Kyle Hendricks walks became a Jesse Winker grand slam. The real culprit was a failure to score against a middling Reds pitching staff. Jason Heyward had four more hits in that game and is firmly entrenched in the two hole. Anthony Rizzo has cooled off since going on a tear in May, getting Anthony hot again will be big for this team. Jose Quintana has been much better of late, now it would be nice if he could start going a bit deeper in games. He has mostly been a 5 or 6 inning pitcher, it would help the strained bullpen if he could give more.