Orlando Castro's season has started off strong, much like last year in West Virginia

Orlando Castro Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted left-handed pitcher Orlando Castro to Altoona. Castro is expected to make the start tonight for the Curve. He had some good numbers this year in Bradenton, with a 3.24 ERA in 89 innings, along with a 66:10 K/BB ratio. Those numbers are a bit inflated due to a pair of starts in early June where he gave up 12 earned runs in 8.1 innings. Since then, Castro has given up one run in 19 innings, with a 13:0 K/BB ratio.

Double-A will be a good test for the lefty. He can hit 92 MPH with his fastball, and has good control with good off-speed stuff. That type of pitcher usually can dominate in A-ball, but has trouble against Double-A hitters who are more familiar with good off-speed stuff and good control. Castro has a chance to make it beyond Double-A, and possibly to the majors, but he’s not as guaranteed as his numbers would indicate. His upside seems more likely to be a strong reliever out of the bullpen, rather than a starter. That could change, depending on his performance in Altoona.

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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.

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  • deacs

    Would his velocity increase if he were used as a lefty reliever one day? Maybe a couple MPH?

  • Lee Young

    Good thing I decided not to go tonight….lol. Castro starts out slow everywhere he goes (which means he’ll now probably toss a 1 hitter…lol)

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