Max Castillo keeps up with former World Series MVP + Dahian Santos is the real deal – Minor League Round Up

In a game Stephen Strasburg pitched in, Max Castillo really stood out.
Everyone loves a pitching duel. Strasburg went 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K while the 23-year-old Castillo went 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR in just 68 pitches. This domination from Strasburg is expected, as the rehabbing pitcher has pedigree.
He went first overall in the 2009 draft, he won the World Series MVP in 2019, he’s a three time all-star and is making $35 million until the end of the 2026 season. Castillo, on the other hand, was signed in the 2015 International Free Agency with a bonus of just $10,000.

Castillo strikes out former Blue Jay, Josh Palacios for his first of the night.
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 4, 2022

It feels like Max Castillo has been in this organization forever, but he’s made a slow and steady climb to the last test before the majors.

Another three pitch strikeout for Castillo. Strikeout #2
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 4, 2022

The 23-year-old righty started his season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Double A, where he posted a 3.10 ERA in 29 innings pitched. His FIP was relatively low at 3.94 and he had an impressive K/9 of 10.86. There were some concerns about his elevated BB/9 of 4.34 though.

Pretty sure this was a curveball.
Just plummets.
Strikeout #3, all swinging.
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 4, 2022

Despite this, Castillo was promoted to Buffalo on May 15th. He has pitched 18 innings since his promotion, giving up just a single run for an ERA of 0.50. Furthermore, his BB/9 has dropped to 2.50 while his K/9 sits at 9.

Strikeout #4. Well located
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 4, 2022

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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