Recent

0

Daily Prospect Profile: Orlando Castro

Castro has an 0.72 ERA in the GCL this year.

For the last two weeks, I’ve considered writing about Orlando Castro after each of his starts.  However, two things usually happened.  First, there would be someone else that would have a big night, warranting a write up.  Second, I would say to myself “I’ll get Castro next time”.  Castro has been excellent this year with the GCL Pirates, allowing two earned runs in 25 innings, with a 22:2 K/BB ratio.  It seems like every time he takes the mound, he throws a gem.

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Castro out of Honduras in 2009, their first signing out of the country.  He started his career in 2010 in the Venezuelan Summer League, putting up a 1.17 ERA in 54 innings, with a 5.7 K/9 and a 2.3 BB/9 ratio.  Castro was brought to the United States for instructional leagues after the 2010 season, and his career stayed in the US from that point.  He pitched three shutout innings for West Virginia earlier in the year, allowing two hits and one walk, with no strikeouts.  Since that point, he has been dominant in the GCL rotation.

Wilbur Miller saw Castro a few weeks ago, and had this to say about his performance:

Castro had an impressive outing, allowing no hits through the first four innings.  The Braves finally got to him in the fifth on a hit batsman and two weak hits.  Listed at 5’11″, Castro had surprising success with his fastball, which generally ran from 88-90, although he hit 92 at least once.  He located it well to both sides of the plate and had enough movement to induce quite a few swings and misses, adding up to seven whiffs in five innings.  He threw a few sliders and one curve that I saw.

Castro is a left handed pitcher, and turned 19 in March.  The fact that he’s throwing 88-90, and touching 92 with good command is very encouraging, especially for a guy who comes from a country that isn’t known for producing many top baseball players.  Castro also throws an above-average curve and changeup, which combined with his fastball, leads to his dominance of the lower levels.  He might make it up to State College by the end of the year, and an aggressive push could see him in West Virginia by next year.  He’s too far off to project, and like most prospects, his value will be determined by his fastball command, and the velocity that comes with it.  I can’t see Castro becoming an impact player, but I don’t think he can be ruled out as a potential starter in the majors one day with the right adjustments and progression.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Colten Brewer Signs for $240 K

Next Story »

Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Starting Pitchers

  • Anonymous

       Tim, let me just add that despite coming from a small country not known for their baseball skills,before the Pirates signed him he was dominating players his own age there. He was doing so well in fact that they moved him up to face older competition and he dominated there too.
      When they signed him in Oct 2009 his fastball touched 87 and was more in the mid 80 range, as low as 82 so he has really improved that part of his game in a short time

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KK2M5GPHYK3ZQYP5DNQ4U6DGQ eric

    When you say that he has an above-average curve and change, do you mean that the pitches are more advanced than you typically see from a player that age? Similarly, is his command actually good, or is it just good for a GCL pitcher? I’m having trouble understanding this report, because his description makes him sound like he’d be a #4-5 starter in the majors right now, but you also say he’s a long way away and difficult to project.

Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    1 hour ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    1 day ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    2 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    3 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    5 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    6 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More