Luis Castillo

Position: RHP
Born: 12/12/92
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Via trade from the Marlins on January 19, 2017, with RHP Austin Brice and OF Zeke White for RHP Dan Straily (CIN). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on May 31, 2012 (SFG).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
4-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 14 games, including one complete game, at Pensacola (Double-A), striking out 81 and walking 13 in 80 1/3 innings while giving up 68 hits for a .233 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Pensacola on June 23 when LHP Amir Garrett was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 06/23/17

Debut Details
June 23, in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Nationals. The starting pitcher, he did not get a decision, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings, walking five and striking out five. Of 93 pitches thrown, 52 were for strikes. He was the first of eight pitchers. In the first, he struck out Trea Turner swinging before Brian Goodwin homered to right-center field. Bryce Harper then grounded out to second before Ryan Zimmerman singled to left. Daniel Murphy struck out swinging to end the inning. In the second, Anthony Rendon drew a leadoff walk before Matt Wieters struck out swinging and Wilmer Difo grounded into an inning-ending 6-3 double play. In the third, after Stephen Strasburg grounded out to second, Turner, Goodwin and Harper all drew walks to load the bases with one out but Zimmerman grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. In the fourth, Murphy grounded out to second before Rendon homered to center. After Wieters struck out swinging, Difo singled to left but was stranded when Strasburg struck out looking. In the fifth, Turner reached on an infield single and stole second and Goodwin walked before Harper popped out to foul territory behind third base and Zimmerman grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Player Notes
One of five players in the affiliated minors right now with the name Luis Castillo, Luis Miguel Castillo is among the most exciting young pitchers to reach the majors this season. Named Miami's Minor League Player of the Year for 2016 by Baseball America (and their No. 2 prospect by BA, while earning the Reds' No. 5 prospect by this season), he boasts a fastball that has topped 100 mph, but usually sits in the high 90s, potentially plus pitches in his slider and changeup, smooth mechanics and plus makeup and brings a career 2.66 ERA over five-plus seasons into his big league debut. Involved in three trades since inking with the Giants out of the Dominican Republic at age 19, he was dealt to the Marlins in December of 2014 along with right-hander Kendry Flores in exchange for big league third baseman Casey McGehee. Right before the 2016 trade deadline he was dealt to the Padres in a multi-player deal, but when right-hander Colin Rea arrived in Miami with an elbow injury (which would eventually require Tommy John surgery), he was returned to the Padres and the Marlins took back Castillo. He was once again traded by the Marlins, this time to the Reds and this time it stuck, this past January in the deal for right-hander Dan Straily. He comes to the bigs by bypassing Triple-A entirely, but his numbers have been anywhere from solid to wow over his career, including a 2013 stint in the Dominican Summer League where, used as a high-leverage specialty reliever, he posted an 0.64 ERA in 27 games with 20 saves, striking out 34 and walking three in 28 1/3 innings, allowing 15 hits for a .150 BAA. In his first full season (and first Stateside stint) the next summer at Augusta (Class A), he had 10 saves in 48 games, posting a 3.07 ERA and fanning 66 in 58 2/3 innings while walking 25.