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Do Orioles Have A Future Starter In Miguel Castro?

August 24, 2017
BALTIMORE -- Lost in Manny Machado's game-winning home run and the end of Zach Britton's save streak Aug. 23 was the strong performance from Miguel Castro.
Both the third baseman and closer made it a point to talk about Castro's performance.
The right-hander, who had just returned from three days bereavement leave in the Dominican Republic, pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball in relief of Britton during the Orioles' exciting, 8-7 win against the Oakland Athletics.
"It's allowed us to stay on our feet, whether we're going to have to make a pitching move now or not," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "At least he provided some length for us."

Castro, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later and cash considerations April 7, is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA. He's allowed 35 hits in 46 innings.
"He comes in in tough situations and gets the job done every time," Machado said. "Buck puts him in there in certain situations. Those are the little things that we're going to need to win the next games, to get where we need to be." 
Castro began his time in the Orioles' organization with Double-A Bowie, but when the Orioles needed an arm, they called him up in mid-May and he threw three scoreless innings at Detroit May 17 and 18. In June, he was back up again, but after a couple of rough outings was sent back to the Baysox.
On June 30, he returned for good and has impressed Showalter with his durability and adaptability. Castro has pitched short stints and long ones. On Aug. 3, he threw a career-high six innings, allowing one hit in relief of Chris Tillman, leading some to believe he was a candidate to take the right-hander's place in the rotation.
That talk was premature, but Showalter has mentioned he might want to consider Castro as a possible starter for 2018.
Castro began his professional career as a starter in the Toronto organization, but the Blue Jays brought him to the big leagues at 20 as a closer.
He had four saves for Toronto in 2015 but after he was 0-3 with a 6.11 ERA, the Blue Jays traded him to Colorado in July 2015 in the deal that brought shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto.
Castro's time with the Rockies was difficult. In 24 games in 2015 and 2016, he had a 7.20 ERA, and early this season, Colorado designated him for assignment.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette was delighted to obtain him.
His teammates have taken to teasing the 6-foot-7 Castro about his resemblance to the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant. They've posted a cardboard cutout of Durant on Castro's locker.
With his long, lean body and ever-present headphones, Castro looks the NBA part, but more important for the Orioles are his skills.
"Where we are right now, you want to win those games, and obviously we did and it's because of Castro," Britton said. "I mean, gosh, what a job he did coming in for me. First off, getting out of that jam and then throwing what, three more innings after that? I mean that's pretty impressive.

"I think you're looking at a future starter probably with that arsenal, so it ended well."

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