How good is the decision to have Simon Castro skip High-A looking right now?
Castro had another dominant outing today, allowing four hits and two walks over five innings, striking out six. He allowed a solo homer to Alex Valdez–one of the Texas League’s top hitters–and no other runs.
Castro’s now 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA and 32/13 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. The Valdez homer was just the second longball Castro’s allowed all year.
In short, he’s already a front-of-the-rotation starter in Double-A. He could afford to clean up the K/BB ratio a little bit–it was 157/37 last year–but that’s only because it’s in the good-not-great range.
Castro’s ERA is a little deceptive, as 40% of his runs allowed have been unearned, so he might be pitching at more of a 3.00 ERA level right now.
Still, it’s great news that he continues to look on track to be an elite starting pitcher within a couple of years. Here’s hoping Castro keeps up the good work.