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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Luis Castillo: Luis Castillo has thrown 5,074 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Change (87mph), also mixing in a Sinker (97mph) and Slider (86mph).
His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has well above average velo and has slight armside run. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ changeups, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, dives down out of the zone, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker has an obvious tail, is blazing fast, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers 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: The Reds expect big things from Castillo and after a slow start last year, he is dominating so far in 2019. The hard-throwing righty is striking out 31% of hitters he has faced this year. When he isn’t striking people out he is inducing a boatload of outs on the ground. 59.3% of balls put in play against the 26-year old are grounders. The change up is his most nasty pitch, which he uses to get a ton of swinging strikes.
Final Thoughts: Victor Caratini is back from his hand injury and playing first base with Anthony Rizzo nearing a return from his back problems. Daniel Descalso is surprisingly hitting third against the hard-throwing Castillo. Double plays are a real danger with an extreme ground ball pitcher on the mound. José Quintana has been good this season, while not pitching quite as well his past two starts they were still quality starts.