The Minnesota Twins acquired second baseman Luis Castillo on Friday, bolstering their infield considerably. Castillo is a three-time All-Star, and a two-time Gold Glove winner, so his addition should have Twins’ fans excited. He is a legitimate bat at the top of the order, and should compliment and help shortstop Jason Bartlett grow as a player.
Last season, Castillo batted .301, and put together a .391 on-base percentage. He also has an incredible batting eye, striking out only 32 times in 439 at-bats. At 30-years old, Castillo should be a mainstay in the Twins’ infield for years to come.
Castillo is a lifetime .293 hitter, but has battled leg problems the last two seasons. After resting this off-season, he should be able to be 100% by the time Spring Training comes around.
Next on the agenda for General Manager Terry Ryan is a big bat in the lineup. But it is good to see him make a move, as it has been widely documented the lack of moves he has been making this off-season. With the White Sox bolstering their lineup, the Twins have finally put one of their pieces in the puzzle.
To receive Castillo, the Twins parted ways with Closer prospect Travis Bowyer, and High-A Starting Pitcher Scott Tyler. While Tyler is still not close to being a Major League prospect, Bowyer was expected to be in the Twins’ bullpen in 2006.
Bowyer was the best relief pitcher in the International League in 2005, and was promoted to the Twins in September. He struggled at the big league level, but showed the ability to strike people out. This past fall, he had an unsuccessful season in the Arizona Fall League.
Tyler, who pitched for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2005, had a .395 ERA in 23 starts. He should begin next year at the Double-A level, and has good enough stuff to be a fringe Major League player.