Royals Prospect Spotlight: Darwin Castillo Reviewed by Momizat on . Darwin Castillo, Pitcher Born: 10/27/92 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York Height: 6'4" Weight: 180 Throws: Right Bats: Right Darwin Castillo signed with the Kansa Darwin Castillo, Pitcher Born: 10/27/92 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York Height: 6'4" Weight: 180 Throws: Right Bats: Right Darwin Castillo signed with the Kansa Rating: 0
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Royals Prospect Spotlight: Darwin Castillo

Royals Prospect Spotlight: Darwin Castillo

Darwin Castillo, Pitcher

Born: 10/27/92

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 180

Throws: Right

Bats: Right

Screenshot_2012-12-03-18-49-36Darwin Castillo signed with the Kansas City Royals as a free agent in February, 2011, out of the Dominican Prospect League.  At the impressive size of 6’4″, 180 pounds, Darwin possesses ideal size for a pitcher, and a low-mid 90′s fastball.  No doubt the Royals fell in love with the projectable size and velocity of this 18 year old prospect.

Castillo spent the 2012 season in the Arizona League, pitching for the Royals Rookie League affiliate.  He logged 22.2 innings in a relief role.  In those innings, Castillo posted a 4.76 ERA, and fanned 23 batters.

Castillo is active on Twitter, and can be followed at: @castillomlb55

In an effort to become more acquainted with the Kansas City Royals fanbase, Darwin was kind enough to answer a few questions for me.

Q: What sparked your interest in playing baseball?

DC:  Competition! I love all sports.  Growing up in New York City, all me and my friends did was play baseball, basketball and football.  One of my coaches, Geraldo De La Cruz, told me to decide which sport I wanted to focus on and I picked baseball.


Q: Is there a current or past MLB player you pattern your game after? Idolize?

DC:  I like watching tall, smart pitchers like Chris Carpenter and Josh Johnson, but my idol is Roger Clemens.  Especially growing up and  watching him at Yankee Stadium. I love his aggressiveness and not being scared of no batter.

Q: What made you decide to sign with the Kansas City Royals organization?
DC: As soon as I spoke to Rene Fransisco and Alvin Cuevas I felt very comfortable, and when I started playing it felt like a family chemistry. I’m proud to say I’m a Royal, and one day want to bring that big gold trophy home.
Q: How do you prepare for the upcoming baseball season?
DC:  I just run and get the most advice I can get from older players and coaches, you know? Because this is 90% mental.
Q: What are your personal goals for this upcoming season?
DC: Win a championship with my team.
Q: What was your favorite moment from the 2012 baseball season (personally)?
DC: Learning from mistakes, and the help I received from my coaches and strengthening staff that got me through the season healthy.
Q: Who has been the most impressive fellow Royals  pitching and hitting prospect you’ve encountered?
DC: Miguel Almonte and Michael Antonio.

 

About The Author

Thanks to Greg and the rest of the Pinetarpress.com crew for welcoming and allowing me to contribute to their stellar site. I jumped at the opportunity to become a contributor. Baseball, and more specifically, Kansas City Royals baseball is a deep rooted passion for me, and I look forward to being able to write about various Royals topics.When reading my material, keep in mind that I’m just a fan. I’m no insider, and I’m no seam-head. I appreciate advanced statistics, but don’t necessarily buy into all of them. I’m still “old school” in that I think you can still get a good evaluation through watching a player and whatever is offered on the back of his baseball card.I played small time college baseball in Kansas, and coached at the high school level. That is the extent of my baseball experience, but more appropriately those are the eyes through which I watch the game of baseball.I’m a KCK resident—a Dotte, if you will. I’m married and have a son who is itching to begin tee work, soft-toss, and a long-toss program (he’s 10 months old at the time of this writing).I’m active on Twitter. Follow me at @pyork_10.Go Royals!

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Comments (2)

  • Paul York

    Darwin was born in New York, but spent two years in the Dominican Republic prior to signing w/ the Royals.

  • cpass

    So if he was born in Manhattan and went to high school in New York, how does he wind up getting signed as an international free agent out of the DPL?

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