Top pitching prospect Simon Castro made his second start in the Texas League after skipping High-A, and looked dominant as ever, allowing just a single and a walk in six innings, striking out five.
Castro did allow an earned run after speedy Northwest Arkansas leadoff man Derrick Robinson walked, stole second, and scored on a single. He got through the six-inning outing on just 79 pitches, 50 for strikes.
The Padres might have an impending Mat Latos situation with Castro; sure, he’s only two starts out of Low-A, but he’s destroying the competition, so why not get him in the majors sooner rather than later.
The Missions won the game largely on Castro’s pitching; the offense could only muster three hits and three walks, but managed to push two runs across and take the first game of their doubleheader 2-1 in seven innings.