Tigers Add RHP Luis Castillo (!!)

News flash: The Detroit Tigers have added right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo. Seattle Mariners fans can rest easy, however, it's not that Luis Castillo. This one has yet to take the mound in the major leagues, having spent 11 seasons in the minors before getting his long-awaited chance now with Detroit. 

And he is over the moon about it. 

This is a dream come true. I've always worked so hard down there. There were some times and some moments in which I thought I was never going to make it because of the decisions out of my hands. With hard work and all the support, I have finally made it.

The 27-year-old spent five years in rookie ball in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, before slowly making his way up the ladder. He joined the Detroit system in the offseason.

His 2022 season has been a revelation, with a 1.56 ERA with the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate in Toledo, with a 1.18 WHIP and a 32:10 K:BB ratio. 

He has an unusual arm slot — described as "somewhere in between a three-quarters slot and sidearm slot." Tiger manager AJ Hinch told the Detroit Free Press, "he's been very good from a different angle," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's just continued to get outs. We'll have a different look in our bullpen and give him an opportunity to see what the big leagues is like."

The Tigers optioned RHP Bryan Garcia to Triple-A to make room for Castillo. 

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