Max Castillo deserves extended opportunity in Blue Jays’ starting rotation

The Toronto Blue Jays are currently enduring their worst stretch of the 2022 season as they’ve lost nine of their previous 10 games, dropping into a tie with the Seattle Mariners for the final wild-card seed.
Things certainly aren’t going their way as of late.
Amid this miserable stretch, there’s been one constant theme: poor starting pitching. Unlike earlier this season, the current state of the club’s starting rotation is in shambles due to Kevin Gausman’s ankle injury and Yusei Kikuchi underperforming and requiring some time off to manage a quote-unquote neck strain.
That’s left two massive voids to fill within Toronto’s pitching staff. Since there isn’t much immediate depth in the minors, the team has been forced to call upon Thomas Hatch and Casey Lawrence to make emergency starts, however, neither pitcher has been effective thus far.
Max Castillo is another hurler that’s received an opportunity in the majors, but surprisingly, he’s displayed some very encouraging signs recently. Granted, the 23-year-old was roughed up in his MLB debut as he allowed a pair of home runs in one inning against the New York Yankees – who nearly signed him out of Venezuela in 2015 before an issue involving his physical blew up the deal.
The right-hander, who ultimate …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation