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Luis Castillo Released, Martinez Makes Team

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 30, 2011 11:06 AM | Comments: 42
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The Luis Castillo era is now over. Ruben Amaro Jr. said moments ago to the media that the team has released the second baseman and they will move forward with what they currently have on the roster.

Castillo was 6-for-22 with the Phillies in seven games this spring, giving him a .273 average. He knocked in one run, stole one base, walked four times, and struck out twice. Castillo’s OBP was .385.

Hard to say what Castillo would have had to do to make the squad coming out of the exhibition season. His numbers were decent over a small sample, but perhaps the Phillies had it in their minds that he would not stick in Philly unless he really wowed them. With Castillo being shown the door, it’s now down to Pete Orr, Michael Martinez, and Delwyn Young, along with darkhorse Michael Stutes, for two roster spots.

UPDATE, 1:29 pm: According to Charlie Manuel, Rule 5 pick Michael Martinez has made the team. Manuel says, according to David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal, Martinez will “get to play a bit.”

UPDATE, 3:43 pm: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com joined Mike Gill and the Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey today. The scribe talked about a number of Phillies related issues including the release of Castillo and what the roster may look like. Take a listen to Salisbury’s interview with Mike Gill.

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  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Wow . . .I haven’t seen any of the games he played, or got any indication of what type of defense he was playing, but I fully expected him to make the roster

    and I wondered if yesterday’s lineup of: Vic, Castillo, Rollins, Howard, Raul, Fran, … was some type of indication that they were leaning towards keeping him

    I’m shocked.. what’s the lineup now, and does Valdez play everyday at 2b … I guess batting 8th?

     
    • Posts: 1110 Manny

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      Rollins, Polanco, Raul, Howard, Victorino/Francisco, Francisco/Victorino, Choochster, Valdez…

      Not bad. But Castillo could’ve added so much more flexibility to Charlie with his lineup. Oh well…

       
  • Posts: 3 Todd

    thank you jeebus

     
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    I guess offense isn’t a concern of Ruben’s because he just swapped a guy capable of hitting singles like they’re going out of style for a guy who grounded into 20 double plays last year. Wilson Valdez is a great replacement fielder, but he’s still Wilson Valdez when he steps up to the plate: A guy with almost no speed and even less power.

     
  • Posts: 7 mick

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    Happy with the move the Phillies made in releasing Castillo!!

     
  • Posts: 0 StacyB

    I was rooting for Martinez. His + defenense in most positions and his small ball and speed caugt my eye. I like Orr a lot also for the same reasons but I think Martinez is ready. No offence to Castillo, the only thing I know about him (Mets) I didn’t like so riddence and good luck. What I would like to see but I really doubt Charlie would do is put the gold glove second baseman back at second and give his arm a break. Then put Valdez and his rocket launcher of an arm at 3rd. Go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 1110 Manny

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    Why did they release him!?

    Castillo is a guy you could bat 2nd if Polanco is down (will probably happen)… can still run and is pretty damn fast, takes a ton of pitches, can bunt (I’ve seen several of his at bats with the Phillies and he hasn’t disappointed me at all)… I think some announcers mentioned this and it’s very true: This team is a free swinging bunch… the only two guys who take a lot of pitches are Utley (down) and Werth (Natinal). Castillo would’ve helped a lot in that regard. Overall, I think he’s a better offensive weapon than Valdez… Although clearly Valdez is superior defensively, even at 2B. Still…

    Label me SHOCKED.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Why? Because he actually could be a leadoff hitter? Guess Amaro wants a lineup of quick outs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    but how is Martinez going to do going from playing everyday this spring… to batting once a week in the majors?? I trust they know what they’re doing, but i was shocked

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    I’m shocked as well. Amaro was asked what Castillo could have done to make the team and he said, “I’m not going to get into that.” Could they know something we don’t?

     
  • Posts: 209 tavian

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    I am surprised, but will have to trust the Phillies brain trust on this. I am sure they had some solid reasons for keeping Martinez and releasing Castillo. I cannot help but think that Martinez’ ability to play all over the field had some weight in the decision.

     
  • Posts: 1110 Manny

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    There’s gotta be something more to this story…

    Suspicious

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Polly’s throwing arm isn’t the one bothering him . . . and he would actually be involved in WAY MORE PLAYS at 2b than at 3b .. leave him there unless you NEED to make a move

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I bet Castillo slept with Utley and Hartnell’s wives

     
  • Posts: 0 Dr. Dave

    I was concerned that Castillo might make the team. Ruben knows what he’s doing by releasing him. Glad to see that Martinez has made the team. It would have been tough to give him back to the Nationals.

     
  • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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    I really think that his being late to camp didn’t help his cause.. Say what you want, but I think that after that he DID have to really wow them. They were pissed, rightfully so, but gave him a legitimate shot nontheless which was the right thing to do. And, who knows, he could have wowed them and then they would have almost HAD to have picked him.

    I like this kid Martinez but agree that going from playing a lot to playing once in awhile will be interesting.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    his being late had nothing to do with anything . . . if he was the best player, they would have kept him

     
    • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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      I agree. But he didn’t exactly make himself out to be the most popular guy right from the start. I think he did “OK” in his little audition….but not good enough ….and his initial impression COULD have set him back. I know you don’t agree…and that’s cool.

       
  • Posts: 5366 Lefty

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    I hope Stutes and Orr make the club. I like Stutes a lot, and like what I hear about Orr’s professionalism. I like Delwyn and Barfield too. All of them may be needed to play this year at some point anyway.

    IMO- Castillo simply didn’t outplay the guys we already had.

     
    • Posts: 0 StacyB

      I saw stutes pitch in lakewood a few years back. They made this big tado about him. I didn’t think he pitched all that well. He was a starter then. What I have seen of him so far this spring has REALLY impressed me. If Baez has another off year we may see him sooner than later.

       
  • Posts: 5366 Lefty

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    Oops didn’t mean to forget Martinez! Just realized that Charlie’s statement came after the fact and their would only be one spot left.

     
  • Posts: 178 bfo_33

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    Surprised, and a little disappointed (at least on the bat side). I know Rube and co isn’t perfect, but I also think they know something that they aren’t saying. Purely speculation, but I wonder if it has to do with whether Castillo would spend some time down in LV if needed (although eh signed a minor league deal, so not sure that is it).

    I really prefer Valdez in a utility role, and hope that between Martinez, Young, Barfield, and Orr, one will pan out to be a good defender, decent offensively.

     
  • Posts: 1097 betasigmadeltashag

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    All you people saying that he should have made the team cause he can hit singles, and run, which he can not really do anymore. Plus his defense was bad this spring mentally and physiclay.

     
  • Posts: 1097 betasigmadeltashag

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    sorry hit the wrong button, I was saying he had some glaring mental lapses in a few games down there, and some bad physical errors as well. I say good to see him go. With this starting rotation, you have to put the best defensive team behind them and scratch out 3-4 runs offensively. Doc, Cliff, Roy, and Cole are all control pitch to contact guys, and the more faith they have with the D behind them the better they will pitch. Hope they play Friday night suppose to rain, any chance they would play 2 on Saturday or Sunday to make it up right away, or would they play on Monday? It would suck if it got rained out. Oh well only 2 days til the opening (hopefully) It is almost here

     
  • Posts: 19 tyROBasaurus

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    I’m not thrilled with the Martinez move, as he’s getting the full Rule-5 treatment. Even if he hits .200 and has a bunch of errors he’ll be on the team all year, just so they don’t lose him. I’m not a Castillo fan, but he would have given the Phils more flexibility in the lineup and you know what you’re getting with him. I would have kept him around until Utley’s return. The offense as-is terrifies me. The only consistent hitter in the lineup is Polanco (you know he’ll hit at least .290) and even he’s a question mark at this point with his lingering injury. You don’t know which Rollins you’ll get, ditto with Howard, Ibanez, Victorino and Francisco. Chooch can’t be expected to hit .300 again. Color me worried.

     
  • Posts: 84 Dr. Dave

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    I agree that Castillo messed up by being late and blaming it on miscommunication with his agent. I thought that was lame. If I wanted to make the team, I would have been in Clearwater the next morning!

     
  • Posts: 84 Dr. Dave

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    Oh by the way, my picture is with Punxsutawney Phil.

     
  • Posts: 0 Thedipsy

    Here it is:

    Rollins
    Victorino
    Polanco
    Howard
    Ibanez
    Francisco
    Chooch
    Valdez

    Not the best lineup. But its Charlie’s lineup.

    The Dipsy

     
    • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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      I would do:

      Victorino
      Polanco
      Ibanez
      Howard
      Rollins
      Francisco
      Chooch
      Valdez

       
    • Posts: 5366 Lefty

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      Here’s the way it’s going to be- like it or not. I like it.

      “Manuel said the Phillies likely would start the season with the batting order they used Wednesday.

      To wit:

      Shane Victorino RF, Placido Polanco 3B, Jimmy Rollins SS, Ryan Howard 1B, Raul Ibanez LF, Ben Francisco RF, Carlos Ruiz C, Wilson Valdez 2B.”

       
  • Posts: 41 JakeyJ

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    Charlie seemed to be praising Martinez and his defensive abilities quite a bit and was probably showing how he was leaning. Until Chase gets back, I think they are better off taking the stronger defense of Valdez and Martinez and hope the offensive output holds up.

     
  • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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    Pitching and defense wins championships.

     
  • Posts: 209 tavian

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    Congrats to Pete Orr, whose hustle and versatility won him a spot on the opening-day 25. I hope he has a great experience with much success. He does bring some valuable experience to his new team, as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 CW

    I’m glad Castillo is gone. Martinez has that “bounce”, he seems to be a quality infielder that can also switch-hit,(natural right handed) he’ll be a good fit. Castillo isn’t anywhere for good reason. I think he was brought in for competition and comparison. I don’t think he was really being considered too seriously. Perhaps to see if he had any “gas in the tank”, for later in the year perhaps.
    Since it seems the Phillies’ infield wasn’t so healthy last year…. right Mr. Valdez? hehe

    Valdez deserves more credit and money than he has gotten. Without his glove and timely hits, the Phillies would have been struggling to make the playoffs

     
  • Posts: 550 Bruce

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    I am NOT surprised that the Phillies waved bye-bye to Castillo. I knew it was coming from what I seen and read of Castillo’s problems with his former team, the Mets. Amaro and Manuel are going with younger players who are skilled in defense (Orr and Martinez). The Phillies know, at least in the early going, they are relying on pitching and defense. With key injuries to Utley and Brown and with Polanco hurting (elbow), offense may struggle and I think there will be greater emphasis on smallball. Since runs may be a premium, there can be no slack on defense (and Castillo can hurt the team here if he had stayed) to support stellar pitching.

     
  • Posts: 0 Thedipsy

    Nor am I really surprised. If Jimmy is batting 3, I like that. @Chuck – Ibanez batting third? I am curious as to your reasoning.

    The Dipsy

     
    • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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      He seemed to excell at #3 a lot last year. But I’m ok with Jimmy 3 and Raul 5, too.

       
    • Posts: 1110 Manny

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      Jimmy should NOT be batting 3rd as a lefty (against righties). He was downright terrible batting as a lefty last year!

      RAUL should be in the 3rd spot against righties. His average, power numbers, OBP (everything basically) against righties CRUSHES what J-roll can do. Add to that RAUL’s monster numbers when he’s batting 3rd, and it’s a no-brainer.

      Ugh.

       
      • Posts: 0 bfo_33

        Agree fully – Jimmy hasn’t been a good left handed hitter in a while – 286 in 2007, downhill ever since (although not really enough abs in 2010, but the trend is pretty clear: 08- 272, 09-257, 10 – 219). I expect him to improve a bit in 11, maybe back up to 265-270 form the left, but certainly not a #3. I’d prefer him and Raul flip depending on the pitcher, but Charlie likes to set it and forget it. I also think Ben Fran should be #5, just for the split, rotate Raul and Jimmy between 3 and 6.

         
  • Posts: 0 SJ Phillies Fan

    I am so ready for the season to start. I have been reading reports that Chase will be back sooner than later, which I am excited about.

    If you are going to be at the stadium this weekend, be sure to stop by and order your Portapong Table.

    PortapongTables.com!!

     
    • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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      Is that the same as a Porta Potty?

       
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    they are $30 folding tables . . . but since they drilled holes in them, you can’t use them for anything besides beer pong.

    I usually bring a plastic folding table, you can fit both sides of cups on the table and just stand farther back when you shoot … and you can use the table for other things when you’re done
    http://www.target.com/Folding-Table-Black-20-48/dp/B000063SJ6

     
 
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