2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 20: Phillips Castillo

Phillips Castillo, OF, Pulaski Mariners (Rookie, average age 20.2 in 2012)

6-2, 190 lbs, 19 years old

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Acquired: International Signing (2010)

2012 Ranking: 8th

ETA: 2016

I really hate to drop a guy 12 spots after a single bad season as a teenager, and understand that Castillo’s status remains volatile. Castillo strikes out a lot, 26.7 percent last year, and his OPS dropped .212 as his strikeouts dropped about five percent. Castillo has huge upside and a ton of raw talent. He’s likely to remain at a position, likely a corner outfield spot, but until he harnesses his raw ability he’ll be of little use to the Mariners. It’s worth pointing out that though he technically remained at rookie ball, Pulaski, and the Appalachian League, are a higher level of rookie ball, and one that suppressed OPS 0.045 compared to the 2011 iteration of the Arizona league.

Potential (of 40): 33

Probability of Success (of 30): 5

Positional value (of 20): 8

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 56

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