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Castillo Getting Closer

Castillo struck out a season-high seven on Sunday

As an ace of the 2005 GCL Championship Yankees, then 18-year-old Francisco Castillo turned heads with his combination of an explosive fastball and solid command. Scouts saw bright things in his future, but in what role that future would find him pitching remained murky.

Castillo had the power fastball in place, but scouts wondered about the rest of his repertoire. In the lower levels, Castillo could get inexperienced batters out with his fastball, but he would need more to remain in the rotation. As Latin America Coordinator Carlos Rios told PinstripesPlus in January, "He needs to come up with a third pitch. If he can't come up with that third pitch to go...

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