Ryan Michael Castellani was originally signed by Rockies scout Chris Forbes…is married, Christy, and has a child, Jaxon…his mother, Regina, worked in the Phillies front office for 30 years…graduated from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz…committed to Arizona State University before being drafted by the Rockies in 2014.
Was with Colorado during the spring but was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on March 16…was recalled by the Rockies on May 4 before the minor league season started as the 27th man for a doubleheader that day against San Francisco…started the second game and had a no decision in an 8-6 win (3.1 ip, 5 h, 2 r, 2 er, 4 bb, 2 so)...Spent the balance of the season with the Isotopes and went 3-11 with a 6.25 ERA and .256 opponents batting average in 24 games, including 23 starts...Issued a career-high 71 walks, which was third most among all minor league pitchers…averaged 6.73 walks per nine innings...Led the Triple-A West in games started and walks and tied for second in losses, hit batters (11) and wild pitches (11)…his .395 opponents on-base percentage was second highest among pitchers with 75 or more innings and he had the fifth highest ERA...Tied for the lead in the Rockies farm system in starts and ranked ninth in innings pitched (95.0)...His opponents batting average broke down to .255 (38-for-149) with an .899 OPS against left-handed hitters compared to .256 (52-for-203) with an .809 OPS against right-handers…had 46 walks and just 33 strikeouts against lefties…walked 25 right-handed hitters and stuck out 53...Had a .280 opponents batting average with the bases empty, .229 with runners on...Combined for a 2-7 record, a 7.79 ERA and .923 OPS in 13 starts in May, June and July…then went 1-4 with a 4.40 ERA and .758 OPS in 11 games in August, September and October...Was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in 11 starts at home, 0-7 with a 7.16 ERA in 13 games on the road...Had a 1-1 record, a 2.61 ERA and .181 opponents batting average in five starts during the day, 2-10 with a 7.26 ERA and .275 opponents average in 19 games at night...Posted a 5.55 ERA in five starts on four days rest, a 6.53 ERA in 11 games on five days rest and a 7.03 ERA in seven starts on six days rest or more...Albuquerque had an 8-1 record in his nine no decisions as a starter and was 11-12 in his starting assignments...Had just seven starts of five or more innings and none longer than six…had seven outings with more walks than innings pitched.
Made nine starts and one relief appearance in his first Major League season, going 1-4 with a 5.82 ERA (43.1 IP, 28 ER)...Made his Major League debut on Aug. 8 at Seattle and pitched four hitless innings in the Rockies’ 5-0 win over the Mariners … along with Jeff Hoffman, Yency Almonte and Phillip Diehl, combined to limit the Mariners to one hit, a sixth-inning single, for Colorado’s fifth combined one-hitter in franchise history...Became the first pitcher in franchise history to not allow a hit in his MLB debut and the second Rockies pitcher to retire the first 12 batters he faced in his Major League debut (Tyler Matzek retired his first 13 batters on June 11, 2014) … the only other Rockies pitcher to have a no-hitter through four innings in his debut was Mark Brownson, who had a no-hitter through five innings on July 21, 1998 at Houston, before Mike Hampton broke up the no-hitter with leadoff double in the sixth inning...Tossed 4.2 innings and allowed one run in his first start at Coors Field, a 3-2 Rockies loss to the Rangers on Aug. 14 … per STATS, became the second pitcher since 1901 to strike out at least 10 hitters and allow two or fewer hits across his first two starts, joining Pete Richert (1962, Los Angeles-NL)...Earned his first Major League win on Aug. 24 at Arizona, tossing six innings and allowing two runs (both on solo home runs) with three hits, three walks and three strikeouts … only quality start of the season...Made his only relief appearance of the season on Sept. 2 vs. San Francisco, tossing two scoreless innings in the Rockies’ 9-6 come-from-behind win...Went 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA (19.0 IP, 10 ER) in four starts on the road, with the Rockies going 3-1 … limited opponents to a .215 batting average...In Denver, went 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA (24.1 IP, 18 ER).
Made 10 starts with Triple-A Albuquerque, his first stint at the level, going 2-5 with an 8.31 ERA (43.1 IP, 40 ER) ... Two separate stints on the injured list, May 6-22 and June 14 through the end of the season ... made five starts in April, two in May and three in June ... Pitched six scoreless innings with a season-high eight strikeouts April 19 vs. Tacoma ... In his third Major League Spring Training, made three relief appearances and allowed two runs across six innings (3.00 ERA) ... Made five starts for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA (16.2 IP, 4 ER), seven walks and 20 strikeouts.
Spent his second full season with Double-A Hartford, where he went 7-9 with a 5.49 ERA (134.1 IP, 82 ER), 70 walks and 91 strikeouts for the Yard Goats ... Had his best month in April, when he went 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA (26.1 IP, 6 ER), 15 walks and 27 strikeouts.
Spent the season with Double-A Hartford, and led the Eastern League with 157.1 innings pitched and 132 strikeouts ... Overall, went 9-12 with a 4.81 ERA (157.1 IP, 84 ER) across 27 starts ... Pitched his first career complete-game shutout July 21 at Portland, allowing three hits with no walks and six strikeouts across seven innings ... Was 4-5 with a 4.04 ERA (78.0 IP, 35 ER) in 13 starts at home, 5-7 with a 5.56 ERA (79.1 IP, 49 ER) in 14 starts on the road.
Named the top prospect in the California League by Baseball America after spending the season with High-A Modesto, making 26 starts for the Nuts ... Finished first in the California League in innings pitched (167.2) and strikeouts (142) and sixth in ERA (3.81) ... Pitched his first career complete game July 30, holding San Jose to one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts ... Named Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 8 after holding Lake Elsinore to one hit and one walk over eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts May 3 ... Recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts July 8 vs. Lake Elsinore (8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER).
Went 2-7 with a 4.45 ERA (113.1 IP, 56 ER) as a starter for Low-A Asheville ... Went 0-4 with a 3.23 ERA (47.1 IP, 17 ER) in 13 first-half starts ... Ranked the Rockies' 15th-best prospect by Baseball America following the 2015 season.
Made 10 starts for Short-Season Tri-City in his first professional season, going 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA (37.0 IP, 15 ER) ... Ranked as the Rockies' 11th-best prospect by Baseball America following the 2014 season.