Castillo Was Brilliant With RISP & With 2 Outs
"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Mets' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Jonathan Castillo, we'll look at how he did at home versus the road, how he pitched with runners in scoring position, and more.
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Right-handed pitcher Jonathan Castillo saw action at three different levels in 2005, pitching one game for the St. Lucie Mets, making two appearances for the Hagerstown Suns, and pitching the majority of his time with the Kingsport Mets this past year. Considering the small sample sizes of his time in A-ball, we'll focus our attention on Castillo's time with Kingsport for the purposes of this article.
Lefties Beware: Drafted in the 25th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Miami-Dade College, the Dominican native dominated opposing Appalachian League batters in 2005, posting a 2.04 ERA in 11 starts for the Kingsport Mets. While his overall numbers were quite impressive this past season after a sub-par professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Mets (2-2, 5.67 ERA) in 2004, it was Castillo's success against left-handed batters that opened some eyes in 2005.
The right-handed hurler limited opposing right-handed batters to a .246 batting average in the Appalachian League in 2005, a number that would be deemed somewhat average. However, he held left-handed batters to a a paltry .149 average, 97 points lower than the righties. It is a small sample size - just 11 starts - but it does bear watching as Castillo climbs the minor league ladder.
It Didn't Matter: Most young pitchers have demonstrative home versus road splits and it is sometimes one of the biggest hurdles for a developing arm. Such was not the case with Jonathan Castillo. In five road starts, Castillo went 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA. He went 1-2 in six home starts at Hunter Wright Stadium, posting a slightly better 1.93 ERA.
The differences in his ERA's at home and on the road were negligible at best. In fact, Castillo gave up the same amount of hits at home as he did on the road (he pitched three more innings at home) and the same number of earned runs.
Behind The Stats: While Castillo's overall numbers with the Kingsport Mets were very good - he would have ranked third in the league in ERA if he had enough innings to qualify - a hot streak in July skews the numbers in his favor.
In five starts in July, Castillo did not allow an earned run, stretching 26 innings pitched! As amazing as his numbers were for that five-game stretch, the Kingsport offense let him down as he went 0-2 in those games. Castillo posted a 4.00 ERA in his other six starts this past season. So while his overall numbers look very good, Castillo is going to have to prove that his hot streak in July was not a fluke.
Prevented Rallies From Getting Started: A big reason for Castillo's success with Kingsport was his ability to prevent rallies from ever getting started. Castillo held opposing batters to a .122 batting average when leading off an inning and a .186 overall average when the bases were empty, showing he's much better pitching from the wind-up and better served as a starting pitcher.
Slow Starter: If there's one area where Jonathan Castillo did not prosper among all of his splits, and another reason he may be a better fit as a starting pitcher, it was his dreadful starts to his games with the K-Mets. Castillo seemingly put himself into quick holes, allowing half of his (6 of his 12) earned runs and posting a 4.91 ERA in the first innings of games with Kingsport this season.
He posted a 1.29 ERA in the rest of the innings this past season. If he can learn to not put himself into early holes, Castillo could enjoy more success as he continues to develop.
Dropping The Hammer: Castillo showed a very adept ability to close out opposing teams in tough situations. He held opposing batters to a .125 batting average with runners on base and with two outs and he was nearly unhittable with runners in scoring position and with two outs, holding hitters to a .048 average (1-21) in those situations.
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