The Cubs made another move with the signing of RHP Yeiper Castillo to a minor league contract. Earlier in the off-season, the 24-year old reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics. But that appeared to be incorrect when he showed up on the Cubs transaction report in late December.
Last season Castillo pitched in the minors for the Boston Red Sox's and put up a 8-8 record with a 3.60 ERA. Pitching in 137 innings Castillo struck out 119 batters, walked 62, and gave up 117 hits.
Castillo features a fastball, change-up, and curveball and has a quick downward pitching motion. His fast ball sits in the lower 90s with pretty good life that he can maintain when pitching. But he tends to leave his fastball up in the zone way to often. His change-up is his out pitch and hits in the lower 80s with good deception. The curveball sits in the low 70s and has a very inconsistent break. He sat out the 2011 season recovering with a shoulder injury and most likely will start the season at the Double-A level with the Tennessee Smokies.
Hopefully Castillo has a lot to bring to the table and can perform day in and day out. With this extra arm on the roster this gives the Cubs even more depth for the bullpen this year. Expecting for a lot of trades closer to the trade deadline this could help the Cubs get more prospects to add to their farm system...Please comment below and tell us what you think about this signing..and as always Go Cubs Go!!!!