Simon Castro (Alfonseca)…was originally signed by Padres scouts Randy Smith and Felix Francisco.
Began the season at Triple-A Nashville and was 3-5 with four saves and a 3.32 ERA in 33 relief appearances when he was promoted to Oakland July 16…spent the remainder of the season with the A's and went 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in a career-high 26 appearances…had just 15 career games over his first two seasons in the majors…surrendered seven home runs in 37.0 innings…had a 2.25 ERA, .179 opponents batting average and averaged 1.69 walks per nine innings over his first 12 games through Aug. 14…then compiled a 6.00 ERA, .275 opponents average and averaged 4.71 walks per nine innings over his final 14 contests…allowed a .235 opponents batting average but 15 of the 32 hits he allowed were for extra bases for a .449 slugging percentage (also had eight doubles)…his opponents batting average included a mark of .180 (11-for-61) against lefthanded hitters compared to .280 (21-for-75) against right-handers…yielded a .282 average with runners in scoring position…five of his seven home runs allowed came with two outs…five were solo shots…allowed just 2-of-13 (15.4%) inherited runners to score and has allowed just 2-of-16 (12.5%) to score in his career…first batters faced were 3-for-23 (.130) with no extra base hits, one walk and two hit by pitches (.231 on-base percentage)…had a 2.65 ERA in 12 games at home, a 5.85 ERA in 14 outings on the road…yielded eight of his 20 runs in the fifth inning (7.71 ERA)…did not allow a hit to the opponents number three hitter in 2017 (0-for-13) or his career (0-for-17)… the eight hitter was 8-for-15 (.533) with two home runs and nine RBI in 2017…opponents were 7-for-8 (87.5%) in stolen base attempts…tossed at least one inning in 23 of his 26 appearances, including two or more eight times.
OAKLAND: Made his A's debut July 16 against Cleveland and struck out a season-high three batters in 1.0 innings (2 h, 1 r, 1 er)…it was his first of four three-strikeout games…allowed a run in each of his first two outings (10.80 ERA) but did not allow an earned run in nine of his next 10 appearances from July 25 to Aug. 14 (1.26 ERA)…held opponents to a .146 batting average over that stretch …had a career-high 9.0-inning scoreless streak from July 25 to Aug. 6…logged a season-high 2.1 scoreless innings July 30 against Minnesota (matched on Aug. 29 at Los AngelesAL)…had a streak of five consecutive games with one or more innings pitched and no strikeouts from Aug. 6 to 14 (6.0 ip)…that matched the longest such single season streak in Oakland history (ninth time…last: Jerry Blevins, May 19-30, 2013)…allowed at least one run in nine of 11 appearances from Aug. 16 to Sept. 24 (6.75 ERA).…issued a season-high three walks Aug. 29 at Los Angeles (AL).
NASHVILLE: Struck out 63 batters in 38.0 innings with the Sounds, an average of 14.92 strikeouts per nine innings…however, walked 21 (4.97 per nine innings)…allowed a .176 opponents batting average, which broke down to .167 (13-for-78) against right-handed hitters compared to .190 (11-for-58) against left-handers…surrendered all three of his home runs to lefties for a .397 slugging percentage (.192 against righties)…yielded a .205 average with runners in scoring position…opponents hit .172 when leading off an inning but he walked seven for a .351 on-base percentage…allowed 5-of-16 (31.3%) inherited runners to score…posted a 2.25 ERA in 19 games at home, 4.50 in 14 contests on the road…had a 10.13 ERA in four day games, a 2.20 ERA in 29 contests at night…tossed one or more innings in 26 of his 33 outings, including two or more six times…had a 3.00 ERA over his first 10 games through May 6…then allowed 15 runs over his next 13 contests from May 9 to June 17 (6.00 ERA)…struck out at least one batter in 16 consecutive games from May 9 to June 26 (36 so in 20.0 ip, 16.20 per nine innings)…surrendered two of his three home runs in one game on May 17 at Fresno…yielded a season-high five runs, all unearned, on a season-high three hits in 0.2 innings against Omaha May 26…walked 10 batters in 8.2 innings over a six-game stretch from June 3-17 but issued just one free pass over his final 10 games and 11.0 innings…struck out a season-high six batters in a season-high 2.1 innings June 11 at Memphis…walked a season-high three batters June 17 against New Orleans…had a season-best 11.0-inning scoreless streak from June 20 to July 9…then allowed two unearned runs without retiring a batter in his final outing on July 14 at Omaha.
Spent the entire season at Triple-A Albuquerque in the Colorado organization and was 0-5 with 10 saves and a 3.38 ERA in a career-high 50 appearances, all in relief…the saves were the first of his career and the ERA was his lowest as a minor leaguer since logging a 3.27 ERA in 2010…struck out 58 batters in 53.1 innings, an average of 9.79 per nine innings…walked just 12 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.83…allowed a .255 opponents batting average, including .217 (25-for-115) against right-handed hitters compared to .303 (27-for-89) against left-handers…surrendered four of his five home runs to lefties and yielded just three extra base hits to righties (two doubles, one home run)…had a .261 slugging percentage against righties, .528 against lefties…converted 10-of-13 (76.9%) save opportunities…allowed 8-of-15 (53.3%) inherited runners to score…posted a 4.22 ERA in 31 games before the All-Star Break, a 2.11 ERA in 19 games after the break…had a .217 batting average with the bases empty, .303 with runners on…opponents were 3-for-6 with the bases loaded…compiled a 2.52 ERA in 24 road games, a 4.13 ERA in 26 contests at home…had a 9.53 ERA in six day games, a 2.64 ERA in 44 night games…combined for a 2.49 ERA in the eighth and ninth innings…tossed at least one inning in 44 of his 50 appearances…logged a season-high 2.0 innings six times…did not allow a run over his first three appearances (3.0 ip) but then surrendered a season-high four runs on a season-high four hits in 0.2 innings against Tacoma April 17…recorded the save in each of his next three outings from April 21 to 24 before he was charged with the blown save and loss April 28 at Reno…did not have a save opportunity over his next 24 chances from April 30 to July 14 (3.12 ERA)…finished April with a 6.75 ERA in nine games… walked two batters in 1.0 inning May 22 against New Orleans, his only outing with more than one walk…struck out a season-high three batters June 11 against Las Vegas, his first of five three-strikeout games…allowed 8-of-11 (72.7%) inherited runners to score over a 15-game stretch from June 12 to July 30…had a 4.15 ERA over his first 33 games through July 16…then compiled a 1.93 ERA while converting 7-of-8 (87.5%) save opportunities over his final 17 appearances beginning July 19…did not allow a run over a nine-game stretch from July 19 to August 16 (9.2 ip) and converted each of his three save opportunities over that span…had a 1.86 ERA in nine games in July…recorded five of his 10 saves in 11 appearances in the month of August…did not allow a hit over a four-game stretch from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 (6.0 ip) and finished the season with a 7.0-inning scoreless streak…pitched for Este in the Dominican Winter League following the season and had a save and a 2.84 ERA in 10 relief appearances.
Pitched exclusively in relief for the first time in his career…began the season at Triple-A Albuquerque and went 5-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 36 relief appearances…was promoted to Colorado Aug. 23 and spent the remainder of the season with the Rockies…was 2-0 with a 6.10 ERA in 11 games… allowed a .282 opponents batting average, including .250 against right-handed hitters compared to .333 against left-handers…opponents hit .154 with runners in scoring position and were 0-for-6 with RISP and two outs…first batters faced were 4-for-10 (.400) with a walk but he stranded all three of his inherited runners…had a 2.70 ERA and .217 opponents batting average in six games at Coors Field, a 12.27 ERA and .375 opponents average in five games on the road…did not allow a run in his first 5.0 innings (three games) with the Rockies…recorded his first career Major League win Aug. 26 at Atlanta after pitching a hitless, scoreless sixth inning in which he allowed two walks…his second win came in his next outing Aug. 31 against Arizona…had an 11.81 ERA over his final eight outings…struck out 74 batters in 57.0 innings with Albuquerque, an average of 11.68 per nine innings…allowed a .242 opponents batting average, including .215 against left-handed hitters compared to .257 against right-handers…yielded a .206 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .172 with RISP and two outs…five of the six home runs he allowed were solo shots…stranded all seven of his inherited runners…had a 2.67 ERA and .177 opponents batting average in 17 road games, a 4.80 ERA and .293 opponents average in 19 contests at home…tossed at least one inning in 32 of his 36 appearances, including two or more 16 times…his season high was 3.0 innings four times…picked up the win in each of his first three appearances and then took the loss in his fourth game…was 3-1 a 2.00 ERA in eight games in April…was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 4-10 after going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (8.0 ip, 2 h, 1 bb, 8 so) in three outings…struck out a season-high six batters in 2.0 innings May 18 against Sacramento (matched on July 28 against Salt Lake)…did not allow a run over six-game stretch from July 2 to 28 (12.2 ip) and compiled a 0.66 ERA in eight games in July
Was signed by the Colorado Rockies to a minor league contract April 22 but did not pitch after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery following the 2013 season.
Spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Charlotte where he was 3-7 with a 5.83 ERA in 27 appearances (12 starts)…was recalled by Chicago (AL) June 29 and went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and .217 opponents batting average in four relief appearances with the White Sox…made his Major League debut July 5 and allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts in a 3.0 innings of relief…took the loss in his final outing July 13 at Philadelphia (1.2 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb) and was optioned back to Charlotte the next day…with the Knights, he allowed a .272 opponents batting average…that included .255 against right-handed hitters compared to .295 against left-handers…his first 12 outings were all starts and he was 2-6 with a 4.95 ERA in those games…went 1-1 with an 8.17 ERA over his final 15 appearances, all in relief…was 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA over his first nine starts through May 21…then went 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA over his final seven games (three starts) before his promotion to Chicago June 29…had a 9.68 ERA in 11 relief appearances following his option…made one appearance for Este in the Dominican Winter League following the season (1.0 ip, 1 bb, 1 so).
Went 7-5 with a 3.85 ERA (50 ER/117.0 IP) in 21 starts between Class AA Birmingham, Class AAA
Charlotte and Advanced Rookie Bristol ... ranked seventh in ERA and tied for ninth in wins among White Sox Minor Leaguers ... held right-handed hitters to a .243 average (59-243) ... went 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA (11 ER/34.0 IP) in May ... was promoted from Birmingham to Charlotte on 6/22 ... left the game on 6/28 at Pawtucket after throwing 7.0 scoreless IP with a strained right forearm ... was on the disabled list with inflamation in his right forearm from 7/27-8/24 ... made an injury rehabilitation start with Bristol on 8/20 ... entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Combined to go 7-8 with a 5.63 ERA (72 ER/115.0 IP) and 94 strikeouts in 22 starts between Class AAA Tucson and Class AA San Antonio ... began the season with Tucson, going 2-2 with a 10.17 ERA (29 ER/25.2 IP) in six starts ... was optioned to San Antonio on 6/6, where he went 5-6 with a 4.33 ERA (43 ER/89.1 IP) and 73 strikeouts over 16 starts ... posted a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) in his last three starts with the missions and was 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA (13 ER/46.1 IP) in his last seven ... struck out nine batters over 8.0 IP on 7/25 at midland
and a season-high 10 over 8.0 IP in his next outing on 7/31 vs. Frisco ... made two relief appearances with Licey in the Dominican Winter League ... Sox acquisition recommended by Paul Provas and Daraka Shaheed.
Named a Texas League Post-Season All-Star for Double-A San Antonio, where he went 7-6 with a
2.92 ERA (42 ER/129.2 IP) over 24 games, including 23 starts...struck out 107 batters, while only allowing
36 bases on balls.
Named to the Texas League All-Star Team for the West Division and pitched in the XM Futures Game as part of All-Star
Game weekend... tabbed as the starting pitcher for the World Team...Named Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the week of 8/2-9...The 17th-ranked prospect in all of minor league baseball at the mid season by Baseball America.
Spent the entire year at Single-A Fort Wayne, going 10-6 with a 3.33 ERA (52 ER/140.1 IP) in 28
games (27 starts)....Named the No. 14 prospect in the Padres organization heading into the season by Baseball America....Tossed a 7.0-inning no-hitter 8/18 vs. Dayton...struck out nine without issuing a walk...hit one batter, accounting for the
only Dayton baserunner on the night....Struck out a season-high nine on four occasions, all in 7.0 or fewer innings of work....Led the Midwest League in strikeouts (157) and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (10.17) while ranking fifth in ERA....Following the season, named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Played the entire season at Single-A Eugene, making 15 starts....Held left-handed batters to a .189 average and righties to a .245 mark...opponents hit .224 with runners in scoring
position....Recorded 64 strikeouts compared to 29 walks.
Spent the season at Rookie-level Peoria, making 14 appearances (12 starts)....Posted a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) in two relief appearances.
Made his professional debut with the DSL Padres, going 1-3 in 12 starts...struck out 58, averaging
11.2 per 9.0 IP.