December 13th, 2011
The Texas Rangers announced last night that the club will not tender a contract offer to RoughRiders’ reliever Fabio Castillo. The Rangers tendered contract offers to all other players on the roster.
Castillo, 22, went 3-6 with nine saves and a 6.36 ERA (37 ER/52.1 IP) in 42 relief appearances with the ‘Riders last season. He was added to the 40-man roster in November 2010 as protection from the Rule 5 Draft. Castillo was originally signed by Texas as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2005.
Fabio’s 2010 season had its ups and downs for sure. He began the season on the DL recovering from a broken foot. We’ll never know, but my guess is that his foot wasn’t 100% good-to-go when he pitched for the first time last year. That unfortunate outing came on April 14th against Springfield during the club’s first roadtrip of the year. Fabio lasted just one-third of an inning and allowed six earned runs on five hits while walking two.
As ugly as that night was, Castillo settled down and, for a brief time after the departure of Mark Hamburger to Round Rock, was the ‘Riders lock-down closer. From the end of May through the first week in June, the righty converted six-out-of-seven save appearances, including five in a row.
For whatever reason, Fabio pitched much better at home than on the road:
Home: 3-3-3, 4.15 ERA, 20 G, 10 BB, 24 K
Road: 0-3-6, 8.54 ERA, 22 G, 13 BB, 13 K
Castillo’s last save chance of the year came on July 15 versus Corpus Christi – a game unfortunately where the Hooks’ T.J. Steele connected on a walk-off homer to left field off of Castillo.
Fabio is now officially a free agent, but there is still a chance he resigns with Texas.