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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Anthony Castro

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Anthony Castro is a 26-year-old (27 in April) right-handed relief pitcher who the Blue Jays picked up off waivers from the Tigers all the way back in December of 2020.

He was a top 20 prospect in the Tigers’ system at one time. He has a fastball that can reach 97-98 (averaged 95.2 for the Jays in 2021) and a strong 11 to 5 curve. He had been a starter in the Tigers system, but the Jays saw him as a reliever.

Anthony had about everything that can happen to a player happen last year. He was DFAed a couple of times. He went on the IL. He was up and down from the Jays and Bisons.

As a Blue Jay, he pitched in 25 games, had a 4.74 ERA, had 32 strikeouts in just 24.2 innings (with 8 walks). A strikeout rate of 30% is a pretty good thing. Batters hit .237/.312/.433 against him.

The question is, “Will we see him in a Blue Jays jersey this season?” (which, of course, presumes there will be a season.

PECOTA sees him getting into 22 games, pitching all of 19.1 innings with a 4.14 ERA. It seems pretty much as non-commital as PECOTA can get. He is behind several guys in the bullpen pecking order: Jordan Romano, Tim Mayza, Yimi Garcia, Julian Merryweather, Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards, Ryan Borucki, and maybe Nate Pearson.

He’s kind of grouped with Trent Thornton, Kirby Snead, Tayler Saucedo, David Phelps and likely half a dozen or so other guys.

And, of course, there will be guys signed whenever the lockout might end.

There isn’t much job security for ‘on the bubble bullpen’ arms. I guess that’s what on the bubble means.

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Will Anthony Castro pitch for the Jays this year?

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  • 76%
    Yes
    (168 votes)
  • 23%
    No
    (51 votes)
219 votes total Vote Now

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If the over/under for Anthony Castro’s MLB innings is 20, I’d take the

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  • 57%
    Over
    (117 votes)
  • 42%
    Under
    (86 votes)
203 votes total Vote Now

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Will Castro still be in the Blue Jays system by September?

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  • 49%
    Yes
    (100 votes)
  • 50%
    No
    (104 votes)
204 votes total Vote Now