We have to be impressed with 19 year-old Phillies starting pitching prospect Starlyn Castillo for the Clearwater Threshers. Last night, he struck out six in a 61 pitch, three inning start. The Phillies are keeping minor league starters on a 60-pitch limit.
In Castillo’s three appearances over nine inning this season, he has 14 strikeouts. He has given up only four hits. Opponents are hitting only .129 against him.
The only problem is that Castillo has walked seven in those nine innings. Last night, the only run he has allowed this season came around to score after a lead-off walk followed a double. He now has a 1.00 ERA.
His fastball topped in the first inning at 96 mph and was sitting at 93-94 mph. One of his best strikeout pitch was an 82-83 mph breaking ball set up by his fastball.
The Threshers lost the game to the Dunedin Blue Jays 5-1. The only run they could push across came in the eight inning after a Casey Martin lead-off single, a couple of walks and a sacrifice fly by Carlos De La Cruz.