Short and sweet on here…Fabio Castro, the glorious dictator of the Phillies bullpen, should be a Phillie in 2007. This does not mean he should only be in the organization, he should be on the 25 man major league roster. The numbers since the Phillies got him speak for themselves:
- 0-0 17.1 IP 0.00 ERA 0.40 WHIP
- 5 hits, 2 walks, 8 Ks, 0 ER
Yeah, uh, wow. Is there any legitimate reason that the guy shouldn’t be in the majors next year? Is there any reason he shouldn’t have his role expanded RIGHT NOW? Apparently Mike Arbuckle thinks that he still ‘needs seasoning’. So he’s 21 years old and has a small frame…so that makes him what? Cole Hamels? There is no real reason the guy should not be our setup man RIGHT NOW, with a guy like Geary as the closer, unless we simply don’t believe that production matters in actually evaluating a player’s worth.
What I find interesting is that Philling Station had Castro in their sights way back in December, when the Rule V draft was going on and there were rumblings about him being taken (eventually the Royals picked him):
Anyway, Squire reports that the top pick will most likely be 21-year-old Fabio Castro, a left-handed reliever in the White Sox organization. Castro is just 5-8, 157 lbs. and hasn’t yet risen above A-ball, but Jonathon Mayo of MLB.com writes of him:
Coming out of the bullpen for Winston-Salem in the Class A Carolina League, Castro posted a 2.28 ERA in 79 innings, yielding just 58 hits (for a .209 batting average against) and striking out 75. He finished the season with 11 straight appearances without allowing an earned run. For his career, including his first summer in the Dominican Summer League, Castro is 26-12 with 19 saves and a 2.28 ERA. He’s rung up 292 strikeouts in 261 innings.
Castro could fit right into a team’s bullpen, but he could have the stuff — if not the stamina — to slide into the back end of a rotation.
So it’s not like the guy has come out of nowhere…he’s been highly touted before. Am I the only one feeling a K-Rod in 2002 type vibe from this guy? Why not ride the train to its logical conclusion?