MOBILE, Ala. (August 6, 2017) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced Sunday that right-handed pitcher Jesus Castillo will join the Mobile BayBears from Class A Advanced Inland Empire. He is scheduled to make his first Double-A start Monday at Hank Aaron Stadium against the Montgomery Biscuits.
Castillo, 21, was acquired by the Angels in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on August 1, 2016, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Joe Smith. He finished last year with a full-season affiliate for the first time in his career, making six starts with Class A Burlington. This year, after four starts with the Bees, he was promoted to Inland Empire on April 29. In 16 games, 15 starts, in the California League, Castillo went 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA, with 18 walks and 74 strikeouts in 82 innings pitched.
The San Felix, Venezuela native originally signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 27, 2011 and spent the 2012 season with the Dominican Summer League Diamondbacks. He was traded to Chicago on February 18, 2013, along with right-handed pitcher Erick Leal, for outfielder Tony Campana. Castillo spent parts of four seasons in the Cubs organization, advancing to Class A Short Season Eugene. He was a 2016 Northwest League Mid-Season All-Star, going 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA in seven starts with the Emeralds.
Castillo is the No. 15 prospect in the Angels organization, according to MLB Pipeline, becoming the ninth active BayBears player on the Top 30 list.
The BayBears are currently on a season-long eight-game win streak and continue a five-game home series against Montgomery Sunday at 5:05 p.m. CT. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on the BayBears Broadcast Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 4:45 p.m. CT.
The BayBears host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 4. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2017 season can be reserved by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).
The 2018 BayBears schedule has been released and is available by clicking here. Game times and promotions will be announced at a later date.
About the Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles of Anaheim and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 160 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.