Marlins Trade Casey McGehee to Giants
A decade later, Luis Castillo finally returns to the Marlins.
Oh, wait, it’s not THAT Luis Castillo …
McGehee had a heckuva first half in 2014, but tailed off considerably, posting a measly .620 OPS. With McGehee out of the way, I assume Prado will man the hot corner, and should be an upgrade.
As for the young hurlers going to the Fish, I’m not sure they’ll ever make it to Miami. Flores sounds similar to Rafael Montero — can paint the outside corner all day, throws a good change-up, has a curveball that shows potential, his K/BB ratio is off the charts, shows unflappable confidence and grace, but velocity is only barely above 90 with not much movement. Hey, he COULD turn into Yusmerio Petit with that arsenal. Or, his ceiling may be AAAA.
Luis Castillo is more of a mystery — though, I’m positive he never played second base. My Google brain offers very little other than stats and his age (22), though the stats do show something interesting — 10.1 K/9 last year as a closer in A ball. And in 2013, he struck out 34 while walking only 3 in 28 innings in the Dominican Summer League — for whatever that’s worth.