Luis Castillo

Luis Castillo

SP - CIN
Age: 26Bats: RThrows: R

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One of last spring's top breakout candidates, Castillo posted an underwhelming 4.30 ERA in 2018 because of an atrocious start. This time, he dominated out of the gate and is compiling a 3.21 ERA and 190 strikeouts through 160 innings. The elevated 9.6% walk rate is concerning, but he's too good at missing bats to significantly worry. No qualified starter has a lower contact rate, and Castillo is third in swinging-strike rate behind Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole. He might be experiencing an inverse of 2018, however, with a 5.00 ERA after the All-Star break.

Castillo was everyone's favorite breakout candidate and boy has he sure delivered. Through the first half, fantasy owners have received nearly 140 Ks, a sub 2.50 ERA and a WHIP hovering around 1.10. He may very well be a top 10 starting pitcher at the end of the season.

Castillo has picked up right where he left off last September, when he began dominating hitters. He is generating more swings-and-misses than he did in his first two Big League seasons, providing confidence that the breakout is real. His high walk rate is a little concerning, but Castillo is here to stay as an upper-tier fantasy starter.