Bryan Price announced this morning the Reds are calling up Luis Castillo from AA-Pensacola to pitch in Friday evening’s game in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals. Castillo has been outstanding this season for the Blue Wahoos. 81 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 80 innings pitched. ERA of 2.58.
The Reds acquired Castillo in the Dan Straily trade this offseason, along with RP Austin Brice and OF Isaiah White.
Here’s what I wrote about Castillo this spring from Arizona:
• It would be hard to overstate how dominating Luis Castillo (Straily trade) was today. I stood behind the Reds and Dodgers radar guns and they had Castillo at 97 mph all day, occasionally higher. He had great control working his way through the AA Dodgers. What made him especially dominant was the control he had over his off-speed pitch (80-83 mph). No walks, lots of strikeouts, many weak ground balls and pop-ups. He has a long way to go, but Castillo may end up being the best acquisition of the rebuild. For Dan Straily.
No doubt that this is a tough first start for Castillo. On the road against the Nationals imposing lineup – best in the NL right now. Still, it’s don’t-miss viewing.
In promoting Castillo for this opportunity, the Reds are sending yet another signal to Robert Stephenson about the importance of not walking batters.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.