Padres call up relief prospect Jose Castillo, option Walker Lockett to Triple-A
Lockett pitched 3 2/3 innings of four-hit, four-run ball in his major league debut a night ago. He had his struggles with command, walking five and throwing only 45 of his 81 pitches for strikes.
The 24-year-old’s time in El Paso might not last too long, as the Padres might be inclined to get him another look when his spot in the rotation comes around on Wednesday vs. Atlanta.
Meanwhile, left-handed reliever Jose Castillo has been recalled and will undergo his first stint as a big-leaguer. The Venezuela native began his 2018 season in Double-A San Antonio, where he struck out 25 batters in 16 innings pitched. On May 14, he was promoted to Triple-A El Paso. In 8 ⅓ innings there, the 22-year-old has struck out nine, allowed one earned run, and earned three saves.
Castillo was acquired along with Wil Myers in a trade with the Rays in 2014. He was added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2017.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 16, 2017
Going to be fun to see Jose Castillo pitch for the @Padres. Big lefty with an upper-90s fastball and wicked slider. Came over from Tampa with Wil Myers.
— madfriars (@madfriars) June 2, 2018