Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo
Francois Castillo

CLASS OF 2018

RHP

Francois
Castillo

John A. Logan JC
Lake View (HS) • IL
6-1 • 225LBS • R/R
Travel Team: RBI Cubs
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6.24.18 - Decommitted from Eastern Illinois and committed to San Jacinto JC.

2.4.18 (Super 60) - Eastern Illinois recruit. Castillo was a late addition to the Super 60 roster, and the 6-foot, 220-pounder certainly took advantage of the opportunity. Recently began focusing as a primary pitcher (previously was a 3B/OF), and the progress on the mound has been nothing short of impressive. Fastball sat 93-94 from both the windup and stretch, mostly straight. Has made significant strides with his secondary stuff. Curveball flashed 12/6 action with depth and late-bite. Throws it with aggression; flashes potential to be swing-and-miss offering in the future. Per FlightScope date, he registered a 2,646 spin rate on breaking ball, ninth-best at Super 60. Also threw an 85-86 mph changeup for strikes. Possesses ultra-quick arm with clean, uninterrupted arm swing from a high-¾ slot. Side step delivery is unrefined. Works quickly, aggressive lower half and gets down the mound athletically. Pitches with seldom-seen energy at an event like this. With more focus as a pitcher and further refinement, Castillo has the athleticism and electricity to continue to tick up and become a highly interesting draft prospect, if not in June, then in a few years.

9.23.17 - Eastern Illinois commit. Strong build, 6-foot, 210-pound two-way player. Continuing to make intriguing strides on the mound, profiles as a late bullpen arm. Delivery works with some effort, recoil finish. Arm action is long, big arm, over the top slot. Fastball is hard with heavy finish, 89-91 mph. Flashed a plus potential curveball, 75-77 mph, 12/6 action, thrown hard and aggressive, swing and miss type pitch.

7.11.17 - Eastern Illinois recruit, currently ranked No. 24 in Illinois’ 2018 class. 6-foot, 210-pound right-handed hitting third baseman who can also play the outfield. Possesses a big arm anywhere on the field. Was clocked at 96 mph across the infield and 94 mph from the outfield, both event highs. Shows athletic, soft hands in the field, long transfer and considerable effort in the throw. Offensively, has balanced setup, rhythm in load, loose hands, small leg lift trigger, pull-side approach, inconsistent path. Registered 91 mph exit velocity and ran a 7.10 laser-timed 60.

2.19.17 - Eastern Illinois commit. 6-foot, 210-pound, solid lower half, 3B/RHP. Defensively, long arm action, throws showed carry across the infield at 93 mph. Max effort with a long exchange and release. Offensively, right-handed hitter, toe tap stride with a long, uphill swing path, pull approach. Exit velocity clocked at 89 mph. Also, ran a 7.12 laser-timed 60. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with an upright finish and maximum effort. Fastball sat 87-89 mph. Slider sat 73-77 mph. Changeup has cut action at 69-71 mph.

1.13.17 - Verbally committed to Eastern Illinois.

10.16.16 - 6-foot, 210-pound, solid lower half, strong multi-positional prospect. Defensively, worked out in the infield and outfield, continues to impress with his arm strength and athletic actions. Throws are accurate, have life, carry and clocked at 91 mph from both positions. Fields the ball out front, soft, receptive hands, smooth transfer with length. Offensively, right-handed hitter, flashed bat speed and pull power; advanced, gap-to-gap approach and fluid rhythm throughout. Exit velocity clocked at 81 mph. Also, ran a 7.21 laser-timed 60.

Future Games 2016 - 6-foot, 210-pound third baseman, physical, sturdy build, strong lower half, wider shoulders. Impressed throughout the course of three days with his raw tools and intriguing upside. Showed extremely well during the positional workout; clearly was one of the top defensive third baseman in attendance; throws have plus carry across the infield at 88 mph, on line and accurate. Athletic hands and fluid infield actions; ranges well laterally. Offensively, has rhythm and strength in swing, loose hands, above average bat speed, creates lift; aggressive overall approach. In game, made consistent hard contact throughout with little to show for it. Ran a 7.26 laser-timed 60 and recorded 84-mph exit velocity.

7.20.16 - 6-foot, 210-pound multi-positional prospect, strong lower half, solid build. Turned heads with his arm strength from the outfield and infield; clocked at 93 mph from the outfield and 88 mph across the infield. Defensively, natural third baseman with athletic infield actions. Hands work soft and out in front of his body. Ranges well laterally, maintains body control. Arm plays from a an over-the-top slot with some effort. Offensively, right-handed hitter with fluid rhythm and gap-to-gap approach. Balanced, open setup, smooth load, short stride and good balance throughout. Long, uphill bat path and hard contact at times; 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Also, ran a 7.19 laser-timed 60. Also pitched on the day. Right-handed pitcher, long, quick arm out of a high ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery with effort, stays in-line and recoil finish. Fastball works straight and sat 83-85 mph. Curveball, 11/5 12/6 shape, gradual action and 70-71 mph. Slider backed up at times, 69-73 mph. Changeup flashed cut and sink at times, 69-72 mph.

6.8.16 - Strong build, 5-foot-11, 205-pound corner defender. Defensively shows big arm strength for his age, 86 mph across the diamond, 89 mph from the outfield, plays from a high ¾ slot, some effort. Defensively profiles at a corner spot in the outfield or infield. Right-handed bat, open setup, reverse toe tap stride. Long path with bat speed, slight uphill plane, lifts the baseball, gap to gap contact. 76 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.37 runner in the 60.

1.17.16 - 5-foot-11, 205-pound, right-handed hitting 3B/RHP with a strong, athletic frame. Arm strength is best tool. Defensively at third base has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Fluid footwork while playing thru the ball. Had the top infield velocity of the event throwing 84 mph across the infield. Took drills in the outfield to show off arm strength, threw 85 mph form the outfield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a smooth load and toe tap stride. Gap to gap hitter with a long, uphill path and fluid rhythm. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.38.  On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a long arm action. Slow paced delivery with a square landing. Fastball sat 81-82 topping out at 83 mph. Calls breaking ball a cutter, sat 79-82 mph with no action. Maintained armspeed on changeup at 77-79 mph.

10.25.15 - 5-foot-10, 195-pound two-way prospect, advanced physically, strong build, solid athlete. Defensively showed advanced actions, hands are soft, ability to cushion the baseball, athletic and plays through the baseball, feet work. 7.51 runner in the 60. Strong arm across the diamond, quick over the top slot, flashed carry, 83 mph across, advanced arm strength. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, slightly open stance, short stride. Aggressive swinger, good path to the baseball stays on top, ability to backspin and get extension through contact. Has upside with the bat, 76 mph exit velocity from the tee. On the mound showed similar arm strength, raw abilities, high ¾ slot, short arm action with some effort. Fastball is mostly straight, 78-82 mph. Slider at 77-78 mph. Flashed changeup at 73-74 mph.

10.26.14 - 5-foot-9, 168-pound multi-positional player. Right-handed hitter, slightly open stance, short stride, stays balanced, athletic setup. Loose hands, path works, gets extension, fluid hitter, timing is present. 72 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm played at 74 mph across the infield and topped at 83 mph from the outfield, over the top slot. Athletic defender, plays on the balls of his feet, moves well and has a feel for multiple positions. 7.75 runner in the 60, athletic stride, will get quicker with maturity.

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