Revs re-acquire Castillo

The York Revolution didn’t waste any time finding a replacement for Wayne Franklin.

And it’s a name Revolution fans are very familiar with.

York re-acquired ace Frank Castillo Wednesday after the former major leaguer failed to find playing opportunities overseas. The right-hander was dominant for York last season (8-4, 3.75 ERA, 110 1/3 innings) and was selected by Southern Maryland in this season’s expansion draft. But get this — and you’ll be so surprised! — a loophole in the expansion draft rules allowed York to sign Castillo. After the Blue Crabs didn’t sign Castillo before April 1, he became a free agent.

The initial plan for Castillo was to use him out of the bullpen — at least for one outing. But manager Chris Hoiles said that plan might be scrapped after Franklin’s defection to Mexico. Franklin’s turn in the rotation comes up Sunday in Lancaster.

“He gives us experience and at first he won’t eat innings, but last year he ate innings and he was a five- to seven-inning guy,” Hoiles said of Castillo. “He brings a lot of experience.”

Apparently, Castillo has been throwing at home but he’ll likely need at least a couple weeks to work his way into top form. I really like his decision to come back in mid-June — much like he did last year — because it was obvious last year that his body can’t handle the stress of a 140-game season. The 39-year-old dealt with an assortment of injuries in the second half last season.

It will be interesting to get Southern Maryland manager Butch Hobson’s take on York’s addition of Castillo. After speaking with Hobson a week ago, he made it clear that he reached out to Castillo this off-season. But apparently, that was when Castillo was still searching for an opportunity overseas. The Blue Crabs could sure use him now after John Halama and Dan Reichert were both signed by affiliated clubs.

Castillo owns an 82-104 record with a 4.56 ERA in 1595 1/3 major league innings. He is a veteran of 13 big league seasons and came within an out of a no-hitter pitching for Chicago years ago. Mark Whitten broke up the no-no and Castillo admits he still thinks about that game to this day.

According to baseballreference.com, his career is most comparable to Sidney Ponson, Tim Leary, Jeff Weaver, Joe Bowman and Brett Tomko.

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2 Responses

  1. Nice. Dave Gil out?

  2. Nope. I think the Revs will likely move Aaron Rakers back to the bullpen. Even though he’s filled in admirably there, he is a reliever and shouldn’t be asked for seven innings every five days.

    I think Gil is going to turn things around. He threw a ton of pitches in his last start but only allowed one earned run in five innings.

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