The first major promotional trade took place, with the Mariners and Reds announcing their Twice All-Star Send Deal Luis Castillo to Seattle. In turn, the Reds brought back four possibilities – highly prestigious players Noelfi Martí And the Edwin Arroyo And right-handers Levi Studt And the Andrew Moore.
Castillo may have been the rotation market prize this year. After missing a few weeks due to shoulder soreness that opened the year, Castillo made his season debut in early May and looked like an excellent arm. He’s made 14 starts and worked 85 runs, scoring 2.86 ERA despite playing his home games in one of the league’s friendliest parks. Castillo achieved top quality with 25.8% of opposing hitters against a solid walk rate of 8%. This season’s 47.1% fanatics are a little down from their 2019-21 levels, but still a few points better than the league average.
This kind of high-end production is all about what we’ve come to expect from Castillo, who has cemented himself as one of the sport’s top arms over the past few seasons. The ERA has posted less than 4.00 in each of the past four years, and holds a cumulative mark of 3.49 in 91 starts since the start of the 2019 campaign. This is number 24 out of 98 players eligible for beginners on this run. His 26.8% stroke average ranks him 23rd among that group, and he ranks 12th with 14.2% in swing hit percentage (whif per floor). He has completed smash items with a whopping 54.8% of the globe ranking in the top ten.
Few shooters can match Castillo’s blend of scents and grounds, and the 29-year-old bolsters her with an impressive arsenal. He’s one of the tougher beginners out there, averaging 97 mph on both the four-and-dive seamline. Castillo’s bread-and-butter secondary rendering, and its alteration, is among the best of the fast-paced game, and it’s got solid results on the slider as well.
Castillo will take to the front of the spin that suddenly seems to be one of the most intimidating maneuvers in the sport. M’s Sign Winner AL Cy Young Ruby Ray For a five-year deal during the winter, the boat for the second year Logan Gilbert He has a 2.78 ERA through 21 starts. non-veteran George Kirbywho was generally considered among the top handful of potential players entering the season, has a 3.50 ERA from his first 13 major league games. Chris Flexen And the Marco Gonzalez They aren’t high-hit booms, but they are more than just the types that are capable of backspinning.
Seattle will want to keep an eye on the role totals for Gilbert and Kirby, so even adding a fixed rear arm made sense. Instead, head of baseball operations Jerry DePoto and his staff have swung further in support of the 54-46 team they expect to be surprised by the two-decade loss of the franchise. If they do a post-season job, the front office and fan base alike will undoubtedly feel strongly about their ability to match the opponent’s top three arms with Castillo, Ray and Gilbert.
The deal is about more than just the 2022 season, as Castillo will be eligible to referee for the last time this winter. He made $7.35 million this year, about $2.75 million yet to be paid. He’ll get a good judging raise but still have a lot of reasonable salary – probably around the $12 million range. This is an obvious deal for a shooter of his caliber, which makes his services for a year and a half very valuable.
That’s reflected in the comeback that looks pretty solid. Marty and Arroyo were the top two prospects in the Seattle system in American baseball the most recent Top 100, achieving respectively 47th and 48th places in the league. Marte, the most famous of the group, entered the season ranked among the top 15 agricultural workers in the game in the ratings by Keith Law of the Athletic, FanGraphs and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.
A 6’3 player outside of the Dominican Republic, Marte is expected to be a potential extra hitter world class capable of accumulating 25 or more hits per year at his peak. He has played an exclusively short role in the minors, and while evaluators suggest he may eventually grow out of the position, he is expected to remain on the field as an above-average third baseman. He spent the year at High-A when he was 20, putting up an impressive .270/.360/.460 streak with 15 homers, a solid 10.8% walk rate and a manageable 21.1% strike rate with 389 backs. for the plate.
Arroyo, 18, was Seattle’s second-round pick in last year’s draft. The Puerto Rican native actually raised his stock significantly in his first full professional season, earning .316/.385/.514 in Low-A. He collected 13 wrecks, 19 doubles and stole 21 bases. This kind of offensive performance was unexpected, with the hitter entering the season more respected for his potential as well as his defense in the short span of his racket.
Stoudt recently checked in as an M#10 prospect, at Baseball America. The 24-year-old Right has struggled in Double-A this year, reaching a 5.28 ERA across 87 innings. With that said, he has a slightly below average strike rate of 22% and a meager walking rate of 5.9% that seems more plausible. BA writes that it operates in the 94-98 MPH range with its Fastball and has a solid set of secondary offerings, led by its change. The 2019 third-round pick would have to be added to the off-season roster of 40 players to not be selected in the Rule 5 draft. It was seen as a potential start at the back of the spin.
Moore, not to be confused with the former Seattle player of the same name, was a pick in the 14th round of college prep last year. The 22-year-old Right worked exclusively from Bullpen in Low-A, spreading a 1.95 ERA through 32 1/3 innings with a ridiculous strike rate of 43.6%. He generally faces younger competition and has walked nearly 13% of opponents, but BA recently wrote that he has 95-97 mph and a broken pitch that swings and misses. It would add an interesting low-key arm to the Cincinnati system.
Trade – that distinguishes again Within four months, these two teams have lined up for a blockbuster movie – one that will have a lot of repercussions. Seattle’s decision to push in their top two prospects for one of the sport’s best junior players reinforces that the M’s see themselves as a legitimate MLS competitor. It also seems to indicate that they are out of the race Juan Soto, although there is still plenty of high-level talent for Dipoto and his group to boost the roster further over the next three days. The second base looks like a potential target area, as does the backup catcher. Despite this, Castillo will be the starting point – the effect addition designed to put an overall strong team around diamonds over the top.
As for the Reds, this is the second (and most famous) deal they will be making this week as they are stripped from the league’s big roster in search of future talent. Castillo’s former alternate companion Tyler Mahley He could soon join him in moving for the return of the Marquee (although it’s unlikely that he’ll be one that strong). Hitting hitters like Brandon Drury And the Donovan Solano The privilege change package will not be refunded, but there is no good reason not to join Tyler Naken And Castillo’s changing clubs.
With Castillo out of the market, Mahle and A. Frankie Montas They became the largest candidates for alternating trade, as well as a handful of high-impact weapons that may be available Although there are control windows that extend beyond 2023. Teams such as the Yankees, Cardinals, Rangers and Twins have been known to be in the market to help with rotations. Mark Vinsand from MLB.com Tweets That 12 teams have been in contact with the Reds about Castillo and suggest that the Yankees’ bid was close to the quality of Seattle’s. Ken Rosenthal athlete Indicates Texas had a boost, too. In the end, the Mariners put their best offer on the table, leaving plenty of others to look elsewhere for the next 72 hours.
Jeff Bassan from ESPN He was the first to report that Seattle was about to strike a deal for Castillo. Ryan Davis from The Seattle Times He was the first to report the prospects of returning to Cincinnati.
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