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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Minor matters; Castro released

The Reds released Juan Castro. He had been designated for assignment 10 days ago.

From Jamie Ramsey:

Louisville wins at Richmond thanks to insurance runs in the 9th…Kevin Barker homers…Chattanooga gives up 5 runs over the final 2 innings to lose at Mississippi…Robert Manuel continues to put up zeroes out of the Lookouts’ bullpen…Shaun Cumberland among Southern League’s offensive leaders…Daryl Thompson set to start tonight…Sarasota falls to Tampa…Chris Valaika extends his hitting streak to 10 games…he’s hit safely in 24 of 27 games and leads the Florida State League in several offensive categories…pre-game concert tonight at the Ed…Dayton was off (Mother Goose Day)…Yesterday marked the 23rd anniversary of Donnie Scott’s first and only big league stolen base.

4/3 at Montgomery: W, 6ip, 3h, 1r/0er, 0bb, 5k
4/8 vs. Birmingham: 6ip, 2h, 0r, 1bb, 8k
4/15 at Huntsville: W, 5.2ip, 5h, 1r/1er, 0bb, 7k, 1hr
4/20 vs. Mobile: 6ip, 6h, 1r/1er, 0bb, 5k
4/25 vs. Carolina: L, 7.2ip, 4h, 3r/0er, 3bb, 11k


1. Texas 70-35 .667
2. Oakland 68-41 .624
3. NY Yankees 68-39 .636
4. Cincinnati 62-45 .579
5. Washington 60-45 .571


at 2:52 PM Blogger Craig said...

Castro has been picked up by the Rockies. SUCKERS!!!

at 3:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...



The Reds have seen some flashes of brilliance from 22-year-old Johnny Cueto since handing him a rotation spot coming out of spring training. His debut was nothing short of sensational, giving up just a solo home run over seven innings of brilliance, striking out 10 guys on the way. However, after a couple of starts that weren’t as effective, Cueto is now sporting a 5.40 ERA.

However, his peripherals don’t look like that of a young kid adjusting to life in the majors - 6 walks and 33 strikeouts in 35 innings shows that he’s commanding the strike zone, and even with his home run issues, his FIP stands at just 4.14. So why doesn’t Cueto’s run prevention match his peripherals?

Take a look at his splits.

No One On Base: 98 PA, .170/.204/.351, 4 HR, 4 BB, 28 K
Runners On Base: 45 PA, .421/.442/.711, 2 HR, 2 BB, 5 K

That’s a remarkable difference, even in a sample of 143 plate appearances. When he’s pitching from the wind-up, he’s blowing hitters away - 28.5% of the batters he has faced have struck out when no one is on base. Once he starts pitching from the stretch, however, that rate drops to just 9%. The walk and home run rates are similar in both scenarios, so it seems unlikely that his stuff takes a nosedive when pitching out of the stretch (this sounds like a great case for a Pitch f/x analysis), but someone in Cincinnati might want to work with Cueto on his approach to pitching once a guy gets on base.

at 3:51 PM Blogger GKHongo said...

I was never a fan of Juan Castro's bat, but I'd love to see him back here as a defensive coach. If not here, then in the minors. Kinda like how we should have Norris Hopper teach the team how to bunt...

at 4:08 PM Blogger dwr said...

What's the scouting report on this Thompson kid, John? I know he's roughly the same size as Cueto, but what of his stuff? Is he another mid-90s 4-seamer/change-up guy? An organization can never have too many of those. Maybe that Washington deal wasn't so bad afterall.

at 4:19 PM Blogger Pokey Reese said...

I cant believe Krivsky actually thought he was going to get something for Castro

at 4:29 PM Blogger Kenworld said...

Oh yes, lets have no hand over of current progress when someone is fired. Obviously WK said that he had a deal in the works for Castro when he was let go and unless Jocketty had an issue with the terms, the deal should have still gotten done. Now we get nothing and Castro had to sit another week without playing. What happens now, does the Reds still have to pay if he is signed by another team?

at 4:33 PM Blogger Joe said...

Best wishes to Juan Castro, take the money and run Juan. My guess is he will find a spot on a AAA or major league roster somewhere considering his significant defensive skills and his clubhouse presence for young latin players. Thanks Juan for your contribution to the fans over the years.

at 4:36 PM Blogger ST fan said...

Sorry to see Castro go but it's time. He's been a good Red for many years. Too bad he couldn''t hit well. Best of luck to him.

at 4:36 PM Blogger ST fan said...

Sorry to see Castro go but it's time. He's been a good Red for many years. Too bad he couldn''t hit well. Best of luck to him.

at 5:09 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

too bad they had to just outright release him, sounded like wayne had a trade in place before bob relieved him of his duties and its also been reported that more than one team has expressed interest

could've saved himself a few hundred thousand, of course, they probably would've just kept losing if krivsky were still here...wait, what?

at 5:20 PM Blogger Rob said...

looks like Thompson should get a shot in Louisville. Dont overvalue those AA numbers, Matt Belisle dominated in AA last month and it hasnt correlated to MLB success so far.

at 6:06 PM Blogger Craig said...

Joe must have missed my first post, Castro has been picked up by the Rockies and sent to AAA.

at 6:15 PM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

Castro was one of the best backup defensive players I ever saw play, good luck to him. The Rockies, given their present injury list, made a good move signing him. He didn't cost them any thing other than a minor league contract and after some time in AAA to get back in playing mode he'll be up with them, no real gamble for them.

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