RP - NYM
Reliever Miguel Castro has been traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the New York Mets, according to multiple reports. The Orioles are receiving Kevin Smith in return.
Castro is a big-armed right-handed reliever who still has two years of team control after this season, so this is a move for the Mets to shore up their bullpen for the rest of 2020 and beyond. In 16 appearances this season, he has a 4.02 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings.
Miguel Castro pitched the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Phillies, immediately allowing a Rhys Hoskins single and Bryce Harper homer. He got two swinging strikeouts, but then gave up a Jean Segura homer and a triple before exiting the game.
Castro did not have his best stuff on Tuesday, but even after this poor outing, he still has a 3.38 ERA and has 12 strikeouts in eight innings. In a holds league, he's a good target.
Orioles reliever Miguel Castro allowed one walk and struck out two over an inning of work to earn his first save of the season in Saturday's win over the Washington Nationals.
Cole Sulser, who had been previously receiving the save opportunities, worked the eighth inning. Through seven appearances this season, Castro has a perfect 0.00 to go with a 0.82 WHIP and 10 strikeouts through 7 1/3 innings. Those excellent numbers appear to have earned him at least a share of the closing duties in Baltimore.
Miguel Castro is training and staying in shape in the Dominican Republic. He plans to face live hitters this week.
Castro continues to train and throw bullpen sessions as he tries remain in baseball shape. “Fortunately I’m able to train basically from Monday through Saturday at a field. Basically private training.” Castro said. “I’ve been able to throw a lot of bullpens.” Castro signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Orioles in January. He owned a 4.66 ERA with a 71:41 K:BB across 73 1/3 innings for Orioles in 2019.
Miguel Castro pitched the fourth inning of Friday's game against the Yankees, striking out Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, and Clint Frazier on nine consecutive pitches.
Castro has dominant stuff, featuring a 70-grade fastball with 80-grade potential, along with an above average slider. Until he improves on his poor command (13% walk rate in 2019), he probably won't get a look in the closer's role.