Today the Detroit Tigers traded outfielder Leonys Martin and right-handed pitcher Kyle Dowdy to the Cleveland Indians for infielder Willi Castro. Here’s a quick look at the two minor league prospects in the deal.
Willi Castro, INF: Signed by the Indians out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, Castro emerged as an intriguing prospect in 2017, hitting .290/.337/.424 in High-A at age 20 with 19 steals. His transition to Double-A this season has had some rough patches, with struggles in April (.205) and July (.193) but stronger hitting in May (.295) and June (.270). Overall this year he’s at .245/.303/.350 with 20 doubles, five homers, 28 walks, 84 strikeouts and 13 steals across 371 at-bats.
Castro is 21 years old, a switch-hitter listed at 6-1, 165. I was quite high on him entering 2018, giving him a Grade B/B+ pre-season. He hasn’t met those expectations yet but he’s still young, athletic, and has improved his defense this year. He could stand to sharpen his plate discipline but I still think he has the potential to become a regular eventually.
Kyle Dowdy, RHP: The Tigers selected in the 12th round in 2015 from the University of Houston. He showed good control in the High-A Florida State League in 2017, posting a 121/28 K/BB in 134 innings with a 3.83 ERA. He’s split 2018 between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo, combining for a 4.74 ERA in 95 innings with a 92/32 K/BB and 104 hits allowed.
Dowdy is listed at 6-1, 195, age 25. He features a 90-93 MPH with some sink, mixed with a fringy slider and change-up. He’s been an okay minor league starter but his talents may play up if shifted to the bullpen.