The Cincinnati Reds will call up right handed pitcher Luis Castillo to start for the Cincinnati Reds on Friday against the Washington Nationals.

The 24-year-old right hander has been dominant for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season. In 14 starts he’s posted a 2.58 ERA over 80.1 innings. He’s given up just 68 hits with five home runs allowed. Castillo has just 13 walks on the year and he’s struck out 81 batters to go with a 1.01 WHIP.

Originally acquired in the trade of Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins (along with Austin Brice and Zeke White), it was considered an absolute steal to acquire Luis Castillo in the deal. He was the headlining piece in the trade and he’s lived up to every expectation and more so far.

The call up for a minor leaguer always comes at the right time for them, but it may not have come at a better time for Luis Castillo. While he’s been outstanding all season, he’s been on a heck of a run in June. Over four starts he’s given up just four runs in 25.1 innings with five walks in total. He’s also struck out 36 of the 95 batters he’s faced (38%).

Luis Castillo Scouting Report

So what can we expect from Luis Castillo on Friday night? Well, assuming he looks like he has the rest of the year, we can expect a fastball in the 95-98 MPH range that touches 100. That fastball will be located well, too, as he tends to pound the zone with the pitch.

Coming into the season the scouting reports from when he was with the Marlins suggested his slider was the better of his two offspeed pitches, but it seems that has been flipped. His change up has been getting glowing reports with some calling it a plus offering that comes in between 87-89 MPH. The slider will flash itself as a plus pitch at times, too, but it’s still a bit inconsistent during the games.

While the call up is likely to be a short lived on with Brandon Finnegan on the precipice of returning to the rotation, don’t be surprised if Luis Castillo turns some heads. The stuff is outstanding, he throws tons of strikes and with Amir Garrett struggling right now, the opportunity could very well be there to stick around. While the organization would likely prefer to get Castillo time in Triple-A before keeping him in the big leagues for the long term, there’s only so long you can keep running guys out there with ERA’s over 7.00 when there could be other options to look at.

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