The six-week absence could marginalize Castillo for almost half of the truncated 2020 season, and Tingler acknowledged that it could completely remove him from the 2020 equation. “We are going to need a few breaks so that he can come back to play this year”, said the manager. “We will remain optimistic. “
Castillo, acquired from the Rays in the three-team blockbuster that sent Want Myers in San Diego and Trea Turner in DC, was excellent in his first 2018 campaign. After launching a combined ERA of 2.05 in 26 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, he was called up to the big leagues and worked at an ERA of 3.29 with a 52/12 K / BB ratio in 38 1/3 frames for the Padres. Armed with a fastball that averages 95 mph and a slider that scrambled left and right handed hitters, Castillo generated a hearty swinging strike rate of 14% this season and looked set to become established as a quality for a long time. forward piece in the relief corps of the Brothers.
This may still turn out to be the case, but it’s hard not to have a certain degree of concern with the arm injuries that have already started to accumulate for the promising young left-hander. Drew Pomeranz, Matt Strahm, Adrian Morejon and probably fifth entry Joey Lucchesi are the only other left-handers in the Padres’ 40-man lineup, although the team’s 60-man pool includes a trio of unaligned lefties: Joey Cantillo, 2018 First Round Choice Ryan Weathers and uber-perspective MacKenzie Gore, which could eventually push for a place in the rotation in 2020.