At the trade deadline the Los Angeles Angels sent major league relief pitcher Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs, receiving right-handed pitching prospect Jesus Castillo in exchange. Here's a quick take on Castillo, latest member of the Angels farm system rebuilding cadre.
Jesus Castillo, RHP: Castillo was originally with the Arizona Diamondbacks, signed out of Venezuela as a free agent in 2011. He was traded to the Cubs in 2013 and has made very slow progress through the lower levels, just reaching the short-season Northwest League this year. He's made seven starts for Eugene, posting a 3.27 ERA in 33 innings with a 38/11 K/BB.
Castillo is listed at 6-2, 175, born August 22nd, 1995. He does not throw particularly hard for a right-hander, featuring a fastball in the 88-92 range, but his curveball and change-up are workable. His command needs to be sharper. His arsenal is diverse enough for him to start provided he can sharpen his location, albeit even in the most positive case he projects as a back-end guy rather than a rotation anchor.