Tigers Select Luis Castillo

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The Tigers selected the contract of right-hander Luis Castillo, the team announced today. Not to be confused with the longtime Red (and new Mariner), the 27-year-old Castillo will be making his big-league debut whenever he enters a game. He’ll take the roster spot opened when the club optioned fellow righty Bryan Garcia to Triple-A Toledo following last night’s game against the Rays.

It’s been a long road to the big leagues for Castillo, who spent a full five seasons in rookie ball after signing with the Diamondbacks out of the Dominican Republic. He made it to Triple-A Reno in 2021 before joining the Tigers in the offseason and has put together an excellent 2022 campaign. Across 38 innings between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo, he’s logged a 1.42 ERA while striking out 23.2% of the batters he’s faced.

Garcia, who’s appeared for the Tigers in each of the past four seasons, struggled with control in his recent stint with the big club, walking a full 24.2% of batters faced, including six in yesterday’s start against the Rays. While he managed to limit the damage — he has a 2.35 ERA in 7 2/3 innings this year — his 6.37 FIP tells a different story. For his career, Garcia owns a 5.73 ERA (5.76 FIP) in 75 1/3 big-league innings.

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