Jose Gregorio Castillo...his favorite place to eat is Chipotle and his favorite show is Family Guy...his all-time favorite athletes are Jose Altuve and Cristiano Ronaldo...considers representing Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic as his biggest baseball accomplishment...originally signed by Rays' scouts Marlon Roche and Ronnie Blanco.
Split the season between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA), pitching to a combined 4-2 record and a 2.88 ERA (18 ER, 56.1 IP) with 59 SO against 26 BB in 47 relief appearances...Spent the majority of the season with Lake Elsinore where he went 3-2 with a save and a 2.87 ERA (15 ER, 47.0 IP)...Allowed nine earned runs across his first six outings and 8.0 IP (10.13 ERA) from 4/6-21 for Lake Elsinore...allowed just six earned runs in his remaining 33 appearances and 39.0 IP (1.38 ERA) from 4/25-8/5 for the Storm...Promoted to San Antonio on 8/9 and did not allow a run in his first six appearances for the Missions...allowed three earned runs across his final two appearances...Tossed 0.2 scoreless IP in his lone postseason appearance in Game 1 of the Texas League semifinals on 9/9 at Midland...Represented Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March...earned the save in Venezuela's first win of the tournament, an 11-10 first round victory in 10 innings over Italy...in the opening game of the second round against the United States, entered in the sixth inning and struck out Christian Yelich and Nolan Arenado to end the frame and protect a then 1-0 lead...Following the season, played for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League and posted a 3.52 ERA (3 ER, 7.2 IP) in nine relief appearances.
Split the season between Tri-City (A), Fort Wayne (A) and Lake Elsinore (A), pitching to a combined 2-2 record and 2.03 ERA (9 ER, 40.0 IP) with 49 SO against 12 BB in 20 relief appearances, working exclusively in relief for an entire season for the first time in his career...Began the season with Tri-City and tossed scoreless outings in four of his five relief appearances before being assigned to Fort Wayne on 7/4...Tossed multiple innings in eight of his nine appearances and also allowed an earned run in six of his nine appearances with Fort Wayne, posting a 2.28 ERA (6 ER, 23.2 IP) with 35 SO to just four BB...Struck out a career-high nine hitters in 4.2 IP and earned the win in the TinCaps' 4-3 victory in 15 innings on 7/30 vs. Lansing...Assigned to Lake Elsinore on 8/15 and allowed just one earned run in two of his seven appearances, posting a 1.59 ERA (2 ER, 11.1IP)...Following the season, played for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League and did not allow a run in 14 relief appearances.
Split the season between Tri-City (A) and Fort Wayne (A), posting a 4-2 record with a 3.74 ERA (33 ER, 79.1 IP) in 19 appearances (18 starts).
Made three relief appearances for the GCL Rays (R) and posted a 3.86 ERA (2 ER, 4.2 IP)...Acquired by SD from TB along with INF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan and RHP Gerardo Reyes as part of an 11-player, three-team trade that sent RHP Burch Smith, C Rene Rivera and INF Jake Bauers to TB and RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later (INF Trea Turner) to WSH on 12/18.
Made his professional debut for the GCL Rays and posted a 2-2 record with a 5.87 ERA (20 ER, 30.2 IP) in 12 appearances (three starts).