10 May, 2006

MLB debuts - Fabio Castro and Jordan Tata

During Texas's 10-6 defeat of the Tigers back on 6 April, two relief pitchers of contrasting stature made their debuts.

Fabio Castro entered the game in the 4th inning, relieving starter R.A. Dickey who had been tagged for 6 homers. (Dickey was optioned to Oklahoma City after this game.)

Castro, just 21, went 3.2 innings in his Major League debut. He gave up an earned run on 3 hits and 3 walks, with 2 strikeouts.

The Dominican lefty was a rule 5 pick up for Kansas City off the White Sox roster, but wound up with Texas through a trade. Castro must stay on the Rangers roster all season or be offered back to Chicago.

In four seasons, Castro has never appeared above A ball. Last year he spent the entire campaign with Winston-Salem where he worked exclusively out of the bullpen. At 5' 8" and 157 lbs, most clubs look at Castro as someone lacking the strength and stamina to succeed. But, possessing a live fastball and serviceable no.2 and 3 pitches have kept him in the reckoning. Castro averages around a strikeout per inning, but has high walk totals so wildness might be an issue.

Castro wound up on the DL on 9 May with a groin injury.

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Detroit's Jordan Tata entered game in the 6th inning with the Bengals 8-3 ahead. The 6' 6" right hander pitched 3 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 2 hits and 2 walks. Tata struck out one batter and kept the Rangers from scoring until the 9th when he loaded the bases before being pulled. Fernando Rodney allowed a double to Ian Kinsler, clearing the bases and making the score 10-6.

Tata was a 16th round pick from Sam Houston State in 2003. He's crept under the radar in his three complete Minor League seasons with stops at Oneonta, West Michigan and Lakeland - all at single A. Even though it's an improving system, Tata has been rushed to the big club and could have done with at least a full year at AA. He was ranked No.7 by Baseball America in 2005, coming from nowhere. His 13-2 record and .239 opponents batting average stood out last year. He fanned 134 in 155 innings and his BB/SO ratio improved. Tata has a solid Major League fastball - topping out at 94mph - but has a ways to go in developing his curve and off speed pitch.

Tata might be slated for a Minor League assignment to get more work.

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