Time for Castillo to Show Whats Left in the Tank – Phillies Nation

Time for Castillo to Show Whats Left in the Tank

(PHOTO: David Malletti, Philly.com)

Maybe his tank really was empty. Maybe Luis Castillo ran out of gas on his way to Clearwater from the Miami area.

Castillo says it was a mix up with his agent on when to arrive, but regardless of why the Phillies new second baseman did not show, it’s an early strike. If he’s serious about making the club when they head north in a week, then he’ll have plenty of work ahead of him, both in the field and at the plate.

Playing in New York, the struggles of a player are well-documented. Castillo had them last year while dealing with leg injuries that allowed him to play in just about half the Mets games. Scouts have recently said they see his tank as bone dry. The Phillies will get a close up view and try to get as far as they can with Castillo for as long as they can.

Do you believe Luis Castillo has anything left in the tank? Before he even steps out onto the field, give us your thoughts by taking part in the poll below. Let us know how you think the Luis Castillo signing will play out.

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  1. bfo_33

    March 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Something between 3 and 4. I think he’ll get 2nd base out of camp or shortly thereafter, bat around 280 (mostly singles) and look at at lot of pitches, get an on ob% around 360. He’ll play below avg defense, will be replaced late in games, and may voice his displeasure (he’ll only do that once, though). I also don’t think he’ll make it to the all-star break without hitting the dl.

  2. Don M

    March 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

    That’s pretty in-depth . . .

    I think* that he’ll either make this team, or he won’t ……and Im not going to try to study the results of his at-bats, or his approach . .. if he makes the team, I feel like he’s already got on the bad side of Phillies (for what reason, im not sure)

    I think the guy they were hoping would win the job is Josh Barfield…but I trust them to make the right decision

  3. TBOH

    March 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Wow, good for you, the five people who picked the last option.

    • Pat Gallen

      March 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Those are the optimists, and there aren’t many of those left.

  4. Chuck

    March 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Here’s my approach to this… I’m clearly not a fan of this move….and am scratching my head as to why the eff he reported late (even Charlie Manuel wasn’t happy about it: “If it was me? I would have been here two days ago.”)

    But competition is healthy, right?? So maybe the Phillies brought this guy in to motivate guys like Barfield who are on the bubble. Maybe they figure that Castillo has nothing left but just the mere presence of a 3-time All Star will raise the bar a bit and challenge Barfield, Young, Martinez and Orr even more.

    And if, miraculously, Luis shows that he indeed DOES have something left…..well….then that’s a good problem to have.

  5. bfo_33

    March 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    After getting hit with another 4″ snow this morning (and possible another 4-6 coming), I’m really itching, probably putting too much thought into a minor cog.

    One thing you have with Castillo that you don’t really have with Barfield,…, is a body of work. If he’s reasonably healthy, you know what you’re going to get – certainly not a $6M man, but a guy who works the count, gets on base. I think we know what we’ll get from Valdez also – on a whole, probably worth about the same. There is a possibility Howard will be the only infielder to break 140 games – get as many of these types of guys you can get on a minor league deal, let it flush out during the season.

    • Lefty

      March 23, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Long range forecasts have cold and wintry stuff returning to the mid atlantic too. We could see several postponements the first couple of weeks. We all may have to keep itching for a while.

  6. Don M

    March 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I just never could understand why people get all bent out of shape about signing veteran players for tryouts?? …. or claiming people off waivers

    The same stuff happened when we got JC Romero . . . when we got Scott Eyre . . .etc with nothing to lose, the low-risk, high-reward move is the best to make

    I think the only deal I can remember everyone liking at the time was Brian Scneider.. (oh yea, and that Cliff Lee guy too!)

    • Chuck

      March 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

      I don’t have any problem with signing veteran players for tryouts. ZERO. But just show up the f*ck up on time your first day….especially when you have a lot to prove in the first place.

      • Don M

        March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

        I’m pretty sure that you are more bothered about Castillo missing that first day than anyone in the Phillies organization is . . . . let it go, its not that important

        Again, if the decision to keep him or not would really come down just to a 9th day instead of an 8th …then we have a problem with our talent evaluators

  7. tavian

    March 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Castillo has a lot to prove and is very motivated. He will surprise us. He will win the batting title and lead the league in OBP and steals. He will win another gold glove and teach Rollins and Victorino how to work a count. Hell, why not be optimistic? Actually, I do think he will contribute and bat in the .285 range. He won’t steal a lot of bases but will help this llineup.

  8. Manny

    March 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

    This is good stuff. Expectations are so low for Castillo, that everyone could actually end up liking him if he puts up a decent-but-not-good season.

    • Lefty

      March 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

      My brother (stinkin Muts fan) thinks we’re going to be pleasantly surprised.

  9. Chuck

    March 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Don, I’m not so sure that I am more bothered about it than anyone with the Phillies. 8th day or 9th day isn’t the point for me. I agree that that one day won’t make much of a difference in evaluating Luis.

    I guess I’m just a little old-school in my thinking. Not showing up on time for my first day of work just isn’t in my DNA so it bothers me when a professional athlete making millions of dollars DOES. Is it the end of the world? No. Like I said, I am willing to give this guy the benefit of the doubt and I do believe that his being in camp can only help the competition between all the candidates for those bench spots. And maybe he will surprise us all. That’s a good thing.

    Ok. I’m done with this.

  10. Lefty

    March 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

    There you see! He already grounded out to first on his first AB, he sucks. (tounge in cheek)

    • Tracey

      March 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Mmm. I’m not ready to give up on him yet, but seriously dude: you’re a day late and 0-3 with only one assist? Get with the program.

    • Tracey

      March 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      I stand corrected. He’s now 0-for-4. Way to go, Castillo!

  11. Bruce

    March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I heard a NY sports newscaster said that the Mets are glad Castillo is no longer THEIR problem. Hmm..m 😉

  12. Don M

    March 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I just think that clearly there is a reason that he missed a day… miscommunication or tying up loose ends… whatever the reason, we’ll never know the whole story – so why should we ever worry about it

    The difference in this season is not Luis Castillo —unless its in a positive way.. his NOT making the team won’t effect us at all, so if he doesn’t I won’t lose sleep

    and if he does, its because they think he’ll improve us, in which case I’m on board and don’t give two ships what he did in N.Y. … or the day before he got to camp … it only matters from this point forward

    • Manny

      March 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Well put sir

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