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Portrait of Simon Castro

Simon Castro PWhite Sox

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
86.7 4.93 1.44 62 3 7 0 -0.3
Birth Date4-9-1988
Height6' 5"
Weight230 lbs
Age26 years, 6 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
0.12013
-0.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2013 CHA 25 4 0 6.7 0.0 6.7 0 1 0 0 0 0 28 5 2 2 1 8 3 3 1 6 2.70 5.03 3.86 0.8 0.1
Career406.70.06.7010000285221833162.705.033.860.80.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 DAD Rk 12 12 46.2 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 PDR Rk 14 12 50.7 5.43 96 .301 .258 .345 .363 .260 .377 105 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2008 EUG A- 15 15 65.3 4.37 109 .230 .251 .339 .352 .255 .285 103 10.7 1.1 10.7 1.1
2009 FTW A 28 27 140.3 3.74 121 .212 .258 .330 .381 .257 .292 108 34.0 3.5 34.0 3.5
2009 LIC Wnt 1 0 0.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 SAN AA 24 23 129.7 4.17 97 .229 .260 .331 .372 .257 .266 90 9.3 0.9 7.7 0.8
2010 POR AAA 2 2 10.3 6.41 59 .377 .277 .345 .429 .264 .366 91 -1.2 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2011 SAN AA 16 16 89.3 4.34 116 .244 .268 .333 .406 .253 .317 107 17.8 1.8 18.1 1.7
2011 TUC AAA 6 6 25.7 6.76 83 .317 .283 .351 .445 .260 .372 109 1.7 0.2 1.4 0.1
2011 LIC Wnt 2 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .600 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 BIR AA 15 15 90.0 4.24 99 .259 .255 .337 .381 .262 .304 95 5.2 0.5 5.2 0.5
2012 CHR AAA 5 5 25.0 4.81 91 .266 .255 .330 .384 .254 .361 94 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2012 BRI Rk 1 1 2.0 6.48 95 .270 .277 .328 .401 .256 .375 119 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2013 CHA MLB 4 0 6.7 3.86 108 .257 .261 .311 .406 .270 .235 98 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2013 CHR AAA 27 12 92.7 4.89 91 .278 .258 .327 .396 .255 .313 99 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 DAD Rk 1 3 0 12 12 46.2 40 21 58 2 0% .304 7.8 4.1 0.4 11.3 1.32 4.68 0.0 0.0
2007 PDR Rk 2 6 0 14 12 50.7 61 30 55 4 51% .377 10.8 5.3 0.7 9.8 1.79 6.21 7.9 0.8
2008 EUG A- 2 3 0 15 15 65.3 54 29 64 3 49% .285 7.4 4.0 0.4 8.8 1.27 4.00 10.7 1.1
2009 LIC Wnt 0 0 0 1 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2009 FTW A 10 6 0 28 27 140.3 118 37 157 9 43% .292 7.6 2.4 0.6 10.1 1.10 3.34 34.0 3.5
2010 POR AAA 0 1 0 2 2 10.3 16 6 6 1 48% .366 14.0 5.2 0.9 5.2 2.14 7.86 -1.4 -0.1
2010 SAN AA 7 6 0 24 23 129.7 107 36 107 8 50% .266 7.4 2.5 0.6 7.4 1.10 2.91 7.7 0.8
2011 LIC Wnt 0 0 0 2 0 1.0 3 0 1 0 0% .600 27.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 3.00 18.00 0.0 0.0
2011 TUC AAA 2 2 0 6 6 25.7 37 18 21 5 38% .372 13.0 6.3 1.8 7.4 2.14 10.17 1.4 0.1
2011 SAN AA 5 6 0 16 16 89.3 95 16 73 9 40% .317 9.6 1.6 0.9 7.4 1.24 4.33 18.1 1.7
2012 CHR AAA 1 1 0 5 5 25.0 32 6 16 2 56% .361 11.5 2.2 0.7 5.8 1.52 4.32 0.4 0.0
2012 BIR AA 6 4 0 15 15 90.0 89 21 72 4 50% .304 8.9 2.1 0.4 7.2 1.22 3.70 5.2 0.5
2012 BRI Rk 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 3 0 0 0 62% .375 13.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.50 4.50 0.2 0.0
2013 CHR AAA 3 7 0 27 12 92.7 98 33 82 14 38% .313 9.5 3.2 1.4 8.0 1.41 5.83 -2.6 -0.3
2013 CHA MLB 0 1 0 4 0 6.7 5 3 6 1 28% .235 6.8 4.0 1.4 8.1 1.20 2.70 0.8 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 92 0.5217 0.4239 0.7692 0.5833 0.2500 0.8214 0.6364 0.2051
Career920.52170.42390.76920.58330.250.82140.63640.2051

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-06 2011-06-06 Minors 31 30 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 16 d2014

Details
  • 2014
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/22/13. Sent outright to Triple-A by Chicago White Sox 11/1/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from San Diego 12/31/11 (Carlos Quentin deal). Signed by Chicago White Sox 3/4/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by San Diego 11/19/10.
  • Signed by San Diego 2006 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 6.1 6.4 0 19 19 104.7 95 30 75 13 .262 1.19 3.76 4.09 12.2 1.2
80o 5.5 6.4 0 18 18 98.3 95 30 70 13 .274 1.27 4.16 4.52 6.6 0.7
70o 5.1 6.4 0 17 17 93.8 95 30 67 13 .284 1.33 4.44 4.83 3.0 0.3
60o 4.8 6.4 0 17 17 90.0 95 30 64 13 .291 1.39 4.70 5.1 0.2 0.0
50o 4.4 6.3 0 16 16 86.6 94 30 62 13 .299 1.44 4.93 5.36 -2.2 -0.2
40o 4.1 6.3 0 15 15 83.1 94 30 60 13 .306 1.49 5.18 5.63 -4.4 -0.5
30o 3.8 6.2 0 15 15 79.6 93 30 57 13 .314 1.55 5.44 5.91 -6.5 -0.7
20o 3.5 6.2 0 14 14 75.5 92 29 54 13 .323 1.61 5.75 6.25 -8.6 -0.9
10o 3 6.1 0 13 13 69.9 91 29 50 13 .336 1.71 6.19 6.73 -11.1 -1.1
Weighted Mean4.46.30161686.293306213.2971.434.905.33-1.9-0.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
19% 29% 10% 32% 41%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201527790232313415135932143.3041.384.895.3210.12.36.21.4-0.4
20162881002828166176481172643.2871.354.584.989.52.66.31.40.1
201729680212112413938832143.2951.425.015.4510.12.86.01.5-0.5
201830680212112413337871943.2911.374.625.039.62.76.31.40.0
201931670212112213034831843.2911.354.544.949.62.56.11.30.2
202032670191911111831741743.2891.354.544.949.62.56.01.40.1
202133560181810411129681643.2881.354.564.969.62.55.91.40.1
20223456016169710428631543.2891.364.605.009.62.65.81.40.1
2023355501515899525591343.2881.344.514.909.62.55.91.30.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 86)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Ryan Mullins 2010 0.00 DNP
2 93 Blake Hawksworth 2009 2.25
3 92 Ryan Pope 2012 0.00 DNP
4 91 Ryan Ketchner 2008 0.00 DNP
5 90 Corey Kluber 2012 6.29
6 90 Jeremy Hefner 2012 5.19
7 89 Matt Klinker 2011 0.00 DNP
8 89 Chris Mason 2011 0.00 DNP
9 89 Brandon Moore 2012 0.00 DNP
10 89 Miguel Pinango 2009 0.00 DNP
11 89 Alan Horne 2009 0.00 DNP
12 89 Matt Maloney 2010 3.05
13 89 Andrew Carpenter 2011 7.98
14 89 Matt Torra 2010 0.00 DNP
15 88 Travis Banwart 2012 0.00 DNP
16 88 Anthony Ortega 2012 0.00 DNP
17 88 Dylan Owen 2013 0.00 DNP
18 88 Erik Davis 2013 3.12
19 88 Steven Wright 2011 0.00 DNP
20 88 Deunte Heath 2012 4.50
21 87 Wes Roemer 2013 0.00 DNP
22 87 Hector Ambriz 2010 5.77
23 87 Alberto Bastardo 2010 0.00 DNP
24 87 Hung-Wen Chen 2012 0.00 DNP
25 87 Brett Lorin 2013 0.00 DNP
26 87 Duane Below 2012 4.86
27 86 Steven Hammond 2008 0.00 DNP
28 86 Mike Ballard 2010 0.00 DNP
29 86 George Kontos 2011 3.00
30 86 Dan Meyer 2008 9.11
31 86 Matthew Neil 2013 0.00 DNP
32 86 Hayden Penn 2011 0.00 DNP
33 86 Polin Trinidad 2011 0.00 DNP
34 86 Philip Humber 2009 8.00
35 86 Josh Romanski 2013 0.00 DNP
36 86 Justin Thomas 2010 6.23
37 86 Matt Shoemaker 2013 0.00
38 86 Derek Miller 2008 0.00 DNP
39 85 Tony Watson 2011 3.95
40 85 Matthew Green 2008 0.00 DNP
41 85 Brandon Mann 2010 0.00 DNP
42 85 Chris Saenz 2008 0.00 DNP
43 85 Brad Lincoln 2011 5.10
44 85 Henry Sosa 2012 0.00 DNP
45 85 Sam LeCure 2010 4.50
46 85 Jhonny Nunez 2012 0.00 DNP
47 85 Steve Garrison 2013 0.00 DNP
48 85 Bryan Price 2013 0.00 DNP
49 85 Brandon Dickson 2011 3.24
50 85 Cory Riordan 2012 0.00 DNP
51 85 Ryan Edell 2010 0.00 DNP
52 85 Tobi Stoner 2011 0.00 DNP
53 85 Jason Windsor 2009 0.00 DNP
54 85 Craig Muschko 2012 0.00 DNP
55 85 L.J. Gagnier 2011 0.00 DNP
56 85 Chris Fetter 2012 0.00 DNP
57 85 Adam Howard 2010 0.00 DNP
58 84 John Ely 2012 20.25
59 84 Adam Bostick 2009 0.00 DNP
60 84 Adrian Martin 2011 0.00 DNP
61 84 Michael Antonini 2012 0.00 DNP
62 84 Josh Zeid 2013 3.90
63 84 Jeff Manship 2011 8.10
64 84 Marco Estrada 2010 10.32
65 84 David Purcey 2008 5.68
66 84 Mark Serrano 2012 0.00 DNP
67 84 Alex Caldera 2012 0.00 DNP
68 84 Daryl Maday 2012 0.00 DNP
69 84 Daniel McCutchen 2009 4.21
70 84 Josh Wall 2013 18.00
71 84 J.D. Martin 2009 4.68
72 84 Joel Carreno 2013 0.00 DNP
73 84 P.J. Walters 2011 7.20
74 84 Sean Thompson 2009 0.00 DNP
75 84 Daryl Thompson 2012 0.00 DNP
76 84 Michael Anton 2011 0.00 DNP
77 84 Cory VanAllen 2011 0.00 DNP
78 84 Todd Redmond 2011 0.00 DNP
79 84 Collin McHugh 2013 10.04
80 84 Eric Hurley 2012 0.00 DNP
81 83 Bobby LaFromboise 2012 0.00 DNP
82 83 Michael Lee 2013 0.00 DNP
83 83 Evan MacLane 2009 0.00 DNP
84 83 David Pauley 2009 0.00 DNP
85 83 Nick Pereira 2009 0.00 DNP
86 83 Matt Buschmann 2010 0.00 DNP
87 83 Mike Ekstrom 2010 3.31
88 83 Armando Galarraga 2008 4.18
89 83 Chris Seddon 2010 5.64
90 83 Doug Fister 2010 4.47
91 83 Randy Wells 2009 3.65
92 83 Derek Hankins 2010 0.00 DNP
93 83 Yohan Pino 2010 0.00 DNP
94 83 Chaz Roe 2013 4.03
95 83 Abe Alvarez 2009 0.00 DNP
96 83 Jeremy Bleich 2013 0.00 DNP
97 83 Adam Ottavino 2012 4.78
98 83 Kris Johnson 2011 0.00 DNP
99 83 Jeremy Horst 2012 2.30
100 82 Tanner Roark 2013 1.84

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .222 .300 .556 .316
11 vs R (Multi) .214 .353 .214 .224
18 Split (Multi) .008 -.053 .341 .093
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .222 .300 .556 .316
31 vs R (2013) .214 .353 .214 .224
38 Split (2013) .008 -.053 .341 .093
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Castro remains a scouting-report prospect, as opposed to someone who has posted imposing numbers. He uses his legs and large frame to generate good fastball velocity, which he easily sustains deep into games. His slider makes him highly effective against right-handed batters, and his changeup might yet come around with more coaching and experience. Doubters point out that he is often injured (two more disabled-list stints in 2012 after shoulder problems in 2011). He also struggles against lefties: Even those at Double-A hit him hard. He simply doesn't generate the bat-missing stuff expected of highly regarded 24-year-old prospects in Double-A. Castro will get another season or two to refine his game as a starter before a team decides to see what he can do in the pen.
2012 The key ingredient coming to Chicago in the Carlos Quentin trade, Castro endured a disastrous season that saw him spend time in extended spring training after losing all sense of the strike zone at Triple-A Tucson, before picking up a few of the pieces in Double-A. Armed with a mid-90s fastball, a solid slider, and a dodgy changeup, many scouts see his future in the bullpen, but the Sox believe they can work out the mechanical kinks that led to his loss of command and see the big righty as their new Jose Contreras. If they’re right he’ll be a steal; if not, he’s just another bullpen arm.
2011 Castro broke out in 2009 in the Midwest League, and his 2010 season was all about refining his already impressive stuff at Double-A. His four-seamer sits 92-94 but can touch 96, and his slider is sharp with late movement, coming in anywhere from the low-to-mid 80s. His changeup was a poor offering coming into 2010, and he has a tendency to slow his delivery down when he throws it, which will need to be rectified in Triple-A. Castro is on pace to make his major-league debut in 2011, most likely as a late-season call up. He could use the extra time in the minors to work on missing more bats and refining his command, but he has mid-rotation potential and may be a major-league starter by 2012.
2010 Seemingly out of nowhere, Castro led the Midwest League in strikeouts last season while leaving scouts scrambling to get another look at the big Dominican whose fastball was sitting at 94-95, touching 97, and—just as importantly—reliably pounding the strike zone. Throw in that he can mix in a plus slider, and no pitcher in the system can now come close to matching his ceiling. If he achieves a better changeup, he could develop into a second starter, with a backup plan of closing out games at the major league level.

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This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 30, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-30
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago White Sox Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-01-22
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Overthinking It: Measuring the Movement at This Year's DeadlineBen Lindbergh2012-08-07
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 28Kevin Goldstein2012-05-29
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The BP First Take: Monday, March 12Daniel Rathman2012-03-19
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: White Sox Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2012-01-16
Transaction Analysis: A Petco Precursor?R.J. Anderson2012-01-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-12-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: 2011 Minor League Awards: PitchersJason Parks2011-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 31Kevin Goldstein2011-08-01
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Future Shock Blog: Top 101 Cheat SheetKevin Goldstein2011-04-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Down the Rabbit HoleMarc Normandin2011-03-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Senior Circuit ShufflingChristina Kahrl2011-03-17
Future Shock: BP's 2011 Top 101 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-02-28
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Transaction Analysis: Western Divisions BackfillChristina Kahrl2010-11-20
Future Shock: Top 11 Review: NL WestKevin Goldstein2010-10-12
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who is better long time Simon Castro or David Holmberg
(scorpio from ecuador)
Holmberg. Love big lefties. (John Perrotto)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)So you Red Sox joy counterbalances your Padres' sadness on the Gonzalez deal?
(formersd from San Diego)
There really isn't any Padres' sadness, honestly. Here is my thinking.

As great as Adrian Gonzalez is--and he's one of the top players in the game--he is one guy. The Padres had reason to believe the 2011 team could be a bit better, with an improved rotation, a full season of (healthy) Ryan Ludwick, Cameron Maybin possibly blossoming in center with another year in the majors, Kyle Blanks coming back from his TJ surgery, etc. If they acquire Brendan Ryan in a trade to man shortstop as is expected, and then sign someone like Derrek Lee to play first base, then you're talking about a team that could still win something like 82-85 games. Then, in 2012, you have Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Simon Castro and maybe Drew Cumberland coming up if he continues to tear up the minors. That is an exciting roster all of a sudden, and it was brought about without fielding a terrible team.

The Padres can trade Bell and Ludwick in July and still have a decent team, assuming Aaron Cunningham or Kyle Blanks can slot into Ludwick's place and they bump Mike Adams up to the role of closer. The gloom and doom mentality coming out of San Diego after the trade of Adrian Gonzalez is almost enough to make me start a Padres' blog in response. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it me or is Simon Castro still a bit underrated? He is looking like a solid workhorse starter with possible #1 upside.
(Hutch from Ottawa)
I'm not throwing a No. 1 tag on him, and I don't know any scout who is. That's not something throw around lightly. (Kevin Goldstein)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Simon Castro threw 122 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Slider (80mph). He also rarely threw a Splitter (85mph).