Amidst a flurry of post-trade deadline roster moves, the Chicago Cubs claimed RHP Kervin Castro off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. After initially optioning Castro to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, the Cubs called him up to the active roster Wednesday. Castro plops right into the mix as the team will now carry 12 pitchers.
Castro, 23, signed with the Giants out of Venezuela in 2015. Originally, Castro was a catcher but switched to pitching three months before signing with the Giants. In other words, the Cubs now have two emergency catchers on their active roster, Frank Schwindel being the other, and the team already has three official catchers.
Upon his arrival to the Cubs, MLB Pipeline listed him as the organization’s No. 29 overall prospect. Castro features a big power fastball and curveball with a lot of downward tilt that he throws about 78-79 MPH. Of the 22 curveballs he’s thrown this year for the Giants, on average, it broke 12 percent above league average vertically.
Kervin Castro only appeared in two games at the big-league level with the Giants this year. However, in 13.1 IP last season, he had a 0.00 ERA, 13 strikeouts, and four walks. Chicago Cubs’ manager David Ross will look to fill in the voids in the bullpen after the departures of David Robertson, Scott Effross, Chris Martin, and Mychal Givens. Castro will get a chance to prove himself and be a key member down the stretch.
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