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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Luis Castillo: Luis Castillo has thrown 5,741 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 (97mph) and Change (88mph), 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 heavy 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 much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker is thrown at a speed that’s borderline unfair, has an obvious tail, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has some natural sinking action. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.
Sean’s Note: Castillo is still having a great year, although some regression has hit his numbers. His strikeout total is way up, but so is his walk rate at a whopping 13%. Like Gray, he is getting 55% of contact on the ground, thus the double play is his friend. He allowed two runs against the Cubs at rainy Great American Ballpark in May.
Final Thoughts: Friday’s game was not good, especially the oblique strain that has landed Cole Hamels on the injured list. Dillon Maples and Rowan Wick are up to bolster the bullpen. The Cubs also released Carlos González, it was worth a shot, but the former Rockies star had nothing left in the tank.