Castro has an ERA of 0.90.

It’s always hard to get a handle on players in short season ball. The two leagues in which the Pirates have short season affiliates are both intended as introductory leagues, the New York-Penn League for college draftees and the Gulf Coast League for high school draftees and players coming to the US from the two Caribbean summer leagues. It’s unpredictable which players will make the transition quickly and which won’t, as many are getting their introduction to wood bats and most are seeing a level of competition they haven’t seen before. There are some early trends, though, that might provide some indications of which players eventually will be worth watching closely.

State College

The Spikes haven’t had much good news so far this year. Their 5-18 record...

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