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.Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.
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