Pirates Release Orlando Castro

By Jason Shetler

The Pirates have released pitcher Orlando Castro, this according to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects.

Castro was signed by the Pirates out of Honduras in 2010. The 5’11 left-hander pitched 373 innings during his time in the Pirates system, as he posted an ERA of 2.99 with a 1.12 WHIP. Castro suffered a shoulder injury in 2014, and spent all of 2015 rehabbing the injury. I’m a little surprised the Pirates decided to cut Castro loose considering the good figures he had and that he would have been in AA next season as a 24-year-old, which is still a good age for the level. Also, Castro was a lefty reliever with very good control numbers, so he seemed like a nice commodity to have in terms of depth.

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